This past Tuesday, I rolled by my local wheelchair shop to make a small chair adjustment. I’ve recently been working with one of the staff members to rebuild my backrest in a way that would give me better posture, and I wanted one more tweak.

The transition all started about five months ago, when we upgraded from the stock curved pan (with a whole bunch of memory foam I put there using Gorilla Tape) that I’ve had for five years, to a Matrx Elite, a form-fitted model made by Invacare. Since then I’ve dropped in every now and then to add or move a piece of foam under the cover, shift the whole backrest up a half-inch, then shift it down the other way even more.

Each time it would feel a little bit more comfortable and Hugh, the backrest-adjuster, w