Placing the weight of arms on armrest reduces downward gravity acting on the spine and helps in improving posture, maintaining the integrity of the spine and intervertebral discs. Leg rests have an adjustable angle, which are removable and have calf pads that support lower part of the leg when elevated. Such features of arm/leg rest are helpful in spinal cord injury patients.
Arm/Leg Rest Market – Drivers
Research and development activities in arm/leg rest technology for the comfort of users is expected to propel growth of the arm/leg rest market. For instance, in 2018, Soarigami, developed a new, portable, and user friendly armrest device. Its stainless steel hardware adjusts to different arm widths with removable coverings and durability and facilitates its use in airplanes, trains, stadiums, and other places.
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Arm/Leg Rest Market – Restraint
Difficulty in moving and height adjustment are reducing user compliance, which in turn is expected to restrain growth of the arm/leg rest market. For instance, according to report published by United Spinal Association, 2017, armrest contains movable parts, which tend to get damaged. Wheelchair armrests may also at times interfere with wheelchair propulsion, making wheels more difficult to move.
Arm/Leg Rest Market – Regional Analysis
On the basis of region, the arm/leg rest market is segmented into North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa. North America is expected hold a dominant position in the global arm/leg rest market over the forecast period. This is owing to increasing prevalence of spinal cord injuries, which further result in arm and legs disabilities. For instance, according to Spinal Cord.com statistics, 2017, around 17,500 new spinal cord injuries are registered in the U.S., annually.
Furthermore, Europe is expected to witness significant growth in the arm/leg rest market, owing to new product launches. For instance, in March 2016, Yanfeng Automotive Interiors (YFAI), a Germany-based company, developed a new heated armrest for door panels of cars. Such armrest offers comfort, flexibility, and energy efficiency during winter.
Key players operating in the arm/leg rest market include, Inmoclinc s.a, Provita medical gmbh & co. kg., KOHLAS, Bristol Maid, Medi-Plinth, Cardinal Health, General Electric Company, and Better Mobility Ltd.
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