Standing is an integral part of many developmentally disabled children’s rehabilitation. Standing provides an alternative for positioning and pressure relief for those who use wheelchairs.
The Benefits of Standing
• Improved bowel and bladder function.
• Enhanced respiratory function.
• Increased endurance.
• Reduction of pressure ulcers.
• Prevention of lower extremity contractures.
• Lower extremity weight bearing improves and maintains bone density.
• Improvement of circulation.
• Strengthening of cardiovascular system.
• Facilitates development of appropriate alignment of the spine, hips, knees and ankles.
• Improves social interaction and self esteem.
There are several types of standers that are generally used. Supine Standers are considered an introduction to weight bearing and are used by patients who are lacking head control. They provide support on the posterior surface of the user and incremental weight bearing as tolerated. Prone Standers are used when patient has better head control, for strengthening extensors and as a functional position for play and upper extremity use. Vertical Standers are static and support the patient in an erect position. They are the best for maintaining bone density, assisting with bladder and bowel function and in introducing full weight bearing.
The TherAdapt® Vertical Stander provides upright support and vertical alignment, which allows the minimally to moderately involved child to stand. It is available in three sizes: Early Intervention/Preschool, Preschool/Primary, and Primary/Intermediate.
We recommend the Vertical Stander for use by individuals who require support in standing but who have head control and emerging trunk control. This stander provides lower extremity alignment and support but does not block the freedom to move the head, trunk, and upper extremities in all directions.