EquaGel General
Wheelchair Cushion

Moderate Pressure Therapy

The General Cushion is one of EquaGel’s best gel cushions for wheelchairs according to skilled rehab facilities, long term facilities and other care facilities.

The EquaGel General Cushion is 100% EquaGel and incorporates the two-stage gel configuration:

  • The top layer is thin wall gel and a tight grid for a comfort layer
  • The bottom layer is thicker wall gel and a wide grid for deep posture support.

Much of its popularity with skilled nursing facilities is its low profile (2 high) as well as it includes a 3/4″ pelvic contour to assist with positioning the user in their wheelchair. The pelvic area of the cushion is contoured to more evenly distribute a user’s weight than flat cushions, while retaining 1  1/4″ of buckling gel under the pressure points.

The EquaGel General Cushion for wheelchair will provide the user with extended comfort, assist in positioning and will aid to prevent pressure sores. This cushion also aids in wound care treatment.

Mapping Testing

A side-by-side comparison of the average pressure mapping readings of the same user demonstrates a pattern of excellence in EquaGel cushions. Even comparing the non-adjustable EquaGel cushions to a premium brand adjustable air cushion, properly adjusted, demonstrates superior performance: as much as 12.4% lower average pressure, 14.3% lower peak pressure, and up to 5.3% greater weight distribution area.

It should be noted that these results hold generally true with a majority of user body types according to tests, but EquaGel do not claim these results to be guaranteed for any particular user or potential user. A trained professional should analyse the needs of pressure-sensitive users on an individual basis and discover the correct cushion to use in each individual case.

DEPTH 16″ 18″ 20″ 22″
16″ 1810-1-1616-GN 1810-1-1816-GN 1810-1-2016-GN 1810-1-2216-GN
18″ 1810-1-1618-GN 1810-1-1818-GN 1810-1-2018-GN 1810-1-2218-GN
20″ 1810-1-1620-GN 1810-1-1820-GN 1810-1-2020-GN 1810-1-2220-GN


Cushion Height 2″ / 5.1 cm
Safe Working Load 220 kg
Cushion Weight 3 kg

What is Column Buckling Technology? 



Simply put, column buckling refers to the way EquaGel behaves under weight.

Each wall of gel is capable of supporting only a light load. When that threshold is exceeded, the wall of gel buckles into the hollow area between walls and passes the weight to the surrounding walls for support. This “buckling and weight-passing” happens instantly and repeatedly until the maximum surface area of pressing weight is evenly supported by largely equalised pressure.

The peak pressure points of the ischial tuberosities and the coccyx/sacrum buckle into the EquaGel feeling almost as if they are free floating within the cushion while the thighs and buttock of the user are supported.

Kelly, PT, MAPT, ATP - University of Colorado School of Medicine

My experience with the EquaGel cushions is limited to only two clients, however both were positive. One elderly gentleman was very uncomfortable in his wheelchair, and experienced significant relief of discomfort with the General cushion model.  My second client, a developmentally disabled young woman in a wheelchair fulltime, has been using the Basic cushion for about 6 months without any discomfort or pressure sores (she had a history of skin redness, but needed something thin to allow stand pivot transfers).

The materials in this cushion are very unique – there is nothing quite like it on the market.  I do think it has the potential to provide good pressure distribution as well as postural stability (two things which are hard to get together in one cushion).

– Kelly, PT, MAPT, ATP – Assistive Technology Partners – University of Colorado School of Medicine