Benefits of Standing Frames

There are many benefits of using a standing frame in the rehabilitation process. Here are some of the ways standing frames help.

Physiological benefits of standing frames

Here are some of the ways standing frames provide physiological benefits to their users:

  • Standing frames are used by people with disabilities to hold them in a standing position, as opposed to sitting in a wheelchair or lying in bed. There are many reasons why standing is beneficial. For example, standing strengthens virtually every muscle in the body. The feet, legs and abdomen are used and strengthened every time a person stands. Bone density also improves, particularly in the feet, legs and spine.
  • The occurrence of Scoliosis (or curvature of the spine) is also prevented / reduced by using a standing frame. Using a standing frame has positive impacts on a person’s hips and spine.
  • If the person has been wheelchair- or bed-bound for a significant length of time, he or she may only be able to use a standing frame for a short while. As the muscles and bones get stronger, the person can stay in the standing position for a longer time. Standing frames help lengthen muscles, therefore, contractures and spasms also decrease when a standing frame is used.
  • The act of standing also aids in digestion. The urinary tract drains better and there is less chance of urinary calculi (or stones) forming. There is also improved bowel function.
  • The body's respiratory and circulatory systems are also improved when it is permitted to stand.

Other benefits of standing frames

  • People who use mobile (or dynamic) standing frames also benefit in the act of moving it. It takes coordination and strength to be able to move the frame where it needs to go.
  • Research has also proven that using a standing frame helps the disabled person's self esteem. Rather than being stuck in a wheelchair or hospital bed all day, the person can gain some measure of independence by standing up. Standing frames can be equipped with tables so that users can perform other activities in that position, such as upper body range of motion activities.
  • Standing frames have been found to reduce the incidence of hip dislocation.
  • Standing frames can be used as a first step in learning how to walk. There are active standing frames that help the person learn (or re-learn) how to coordinate arm and leg movements that resemble a typical walking gait.
  • Using a standing frame, or stander, is also good for relieving pressure sores. Pressure, or bed sores occur when parts of the body are pressed too long against chairs, mattresses etc. A standing frame is an excellent alternative to repositioning the patient in the bed or chair.

In order to use a standing frame, it is important for the user to be fitted correctly. Height, weight and the individual user's needs must be taken into account. Different frames may be used depending on whether the person needs to move among various buildings, etc.

Because disabilities and conditions vary, it is best to consult a doctor or a physiotherapist to determine if a standing frame is warranted and how it should be used. Care should be taken that the person is positioned correctly and that the person and his or her aides know how to use the stander correctly.

Research shows that standing frames greatly benefit people with many kinds of disabilities. There is a great deal of additional information available online.

 

 

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