Standing Frame Program

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Standing Provides Health Benefits

Individuals that regularly utilize a wheelchair should also consider a standing device or standing frame as a way prevent the secondary complications that often result from prolonged wheelchair use. For years, physicians and therapists have recommended assisted standing for a variety of medical and health benefits that occur when maintaining a natural standing posture. In addition to the physiological health benefits, many people also experience significant psychological benefits from being in the upright standing position, such as improved self-esteem and social development.

Physical Benefits

Passive standing has been demonstrated to prevent, reverse, or improve many of the adverse physical effects of prolonged immobilization.

The most widely accepted medical benefits of standing include:

  • Prevention of contractures (ankles, knees, and hips)
  • Improved range of motion (spine, hips, knees and ankles)
  • Reduction in spasticity
  • Prevention or reversal of osteoporosis and resultant hypercalciuria
  • Improved renal function, drainage of the urinary tract, and reduction in urinary calculi
  • Prevention of pressure ulcers through changing positions
  • Improved circulation related to orthostatic hypotension
  • Improved in bowel function
  • Normalized respiratory function
  • Improved Hip Integrity
  • Improved motor skills
  • Maintain or re-gain bone density

Other specific reasons that people stand include:

  • Facilitation of a natural symmetrical standing posture
  • Development & improvement of upper body balance & strength
  • Alleviation of pain caused by prolonged or inappropriate position
  • Development of standing tolerance & endurance
  • Lessening progressive scoliosis
  • Assisting with child skeletal development

Psychological Benefits

Although funding sources rarely recognize the psychological benefits of standing, they can be some of the most important reasons to stand, especially for children. Clinicians, parents, and EasyStand users also recommend standing for the psychological benefits, including:

  • Stimulate play
  • Increase independence & self-image
  • Being active and mobile while standing
  • Be more alert
  • Increase cognition
  • Enhance social development & interactions with peers
  • Participate in activities that are meant to do standing up
  • Increase activities of daily living
  • Be more vocal & responsive
  • Look peers in the eye
  • Give & get hugs easier
  • Encourage inclusion in school
  • Decrease fatigue from inactivity
  • Help prevent depression

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