Benefits of standing frames

Benefits of standing frames

Standing frames may have several physical and/or psychological benefits for you, including:

  • To get some weight bearing for healthy bones (maintaining bone density) (Physical Therapy Products, 2006).
  • For stretching leg muscles to prevent them becoming tight over time (Physical Therapy Products, 2006).
  • Reduction of spasticity to improve functional transfers and mobility (Physical Therapy Products, 2006).
  • 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 (Physical Therapy Products, 2006), (Abledata, 1999), (Advance, 2008).
  • Improved posture (Physical Therapy Products, 2006).
  • Prevention or improvement of lower limb contractures by improving range of motion and joint flexibility (Physical Therapy Products, 2006).
  • Prevention of pressure ulcers caused by prolonged sitting, (Advance, 2008).
  • Preventing muscle wasting (atrophy) (Advance, 2008).
  • Increases self-confidence, self esteem, self-image and overall quality of life (Physical Therapy Products, 2006), (Advance, 2008).

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, whether a mobile or a static standing frame would be most beneficial, and 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: 08 October 2014 Next check due: 08 October 2017

All advice is either supported by references (cited in the text) or is based upon peer reviewed professional opinion. Our advice is impartial and not influenced by sponsors or product suppliers listed on the site.
Conflict of interest statement