Benefits of standing frames

Benefits of standing frames

Standing frames are used by individuals who are unable to stand independently because of a disability. There are many benefits of using a standing frame, including:

  • Allows time to be spent in a standing position rather than being sat in a wheelchair or lying in a bed
  • Standing strengthens virtually every muscle in the body. The feet, legs and abdomen are used and strengthened every time a person stands
  • Bone density is improved by standing, particularly in the feet, legs and spine
  • The occurrence of Scoliosis (or curvature of the spine) is reduced by using a standing frame
  • Using a standing frame has positive impacts on a person's hips and spine
  • Standing improves digestion; The urinary tract drains better and bowel function is improved
  • The body's respiratory and circulatory systems are also improved when in the standing position (Standing Frames, Walking and Standing Equipment; 2018)
  • Improves overall posture
  • Prevents pressure ulcers caused by prolonged sitting by changing your position and therefore relieving pressure areas (NHS Choices, 2017)
  • Increases self-confidence, self-esteem, self-image and overall quality of life.

To determine what standing frame you need and can use requires an assessment by a Physiotherapist or Occupational Therapist. They will take into account your age, abilities, and disabilities to determine how much support you need and whether a mobile or a static standing frame would be most beneficial. They will recommend what special features or adaptations should be added.

You may also like to view our help & advice on standing frames in Living made easy for children.

Advice last checked: 26 January 2018 Next check due: 26 January 2021

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