From the time when our ancestors first adopted the upright posture, standing has been an integral part of what it is to be human. Standing allows us to carry out a multitude of activities and enables us to interact with people eye-to-eye, which may contribute to our sense of identity. Standing is important, yet weakness and poor balance can often limit the quantity, or quality, of standing.
BENEFITS FROM STANDING ACTIVITY
There are a number of potential health benefits to standing for which may prevent, counteract, or lessen the effects of a number of secondary complications including:
- Orthostatic hypotension
- Joint contractures
- Urinary tract infections
- Pressure ulcers
- Sleep dysfunction
- Digestive problems
In many conditions standing independently is not possible and differing levels of assistance is required.
Standing frames may have several physical and/or psychological benefits for you, including:
- To get some weight bearing for healthy bones (maintaining bone density).
- For stretching leg muscles to prevent them becoming tight over time.
- Reduction of spasticity to improve functional transfers and mobility.
- Improving function of internal organs and systems by enabling them to function more naturally - e.g. bowel and bladder function, respiratory system; improved digestion and circulation.
- Improved posture.
- Prevention or improvement of lower limb contractures by improving range of motion and joint flexibility.
- Prevention of pressure ulcers caused by prolonged sitting.
- Preventing muscle wasting (atrophy).
- Increases self-confidence, self esteem, self-image and overall quality of life.
The conditions that will benefit from establishing a good standing routine are numerous and include Spinal Cord Injury, Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Brain injury and many neuro-muscular conditions.
By improving your standing and balance then an improvement in mobility and independence can often follow. Making standing a part of the daily exercise routine the progression will be gradual and steady. Even for those who will remain sedentary for most of their day the ability to stand for a short time daily is recommended by many in the medical field.