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In one of my recent blogs, I mentioned standing frames. While this post doesn’t necessarily follow my “schedule” which would address challenges and struggles, the idea of fitting in time to “stand” on a regular schedule could be considered both a challenge and a struggle for some people. From what I have learned about SCI, the frequent use of a standing frame is one of THE most important things a person can do who is paralyzed.

The results and benefits from standing and being weight bearing are many: just standing and stretching out the body from the sitting position offers many benefits to the body’s systems and organs – circulation, digestive, urinary and bowel – to increasing range of motion, improving cardiovascular health, and improving posture. Let’s not overlook the more obvious result – being upright! For many people, this is very important psychologically, and can improve one’s positive feelings and outlook on life.

At Push to Walk, we have found that clients who do stand on a regular basis have less complications than others. If you don’t have a standing frame, and could benefit from using one, check out www.easystand.com. Or do some research on the internet; I remember reading how some people built one for themselves. Maybe that was on CareCure (an excellent resource for all things related to SCI – http://sci.rutgers.edu) or Apparelyzed (another great resource – www.apparelyzed.com). Some insurance companies DO cover standing frames, and it is worth appealing if you get a denial.

The challenge is – making time to DO IT! As with lots of different things we don’t really want to do, we make excuses, never get around to it, or plan on doing it tomorrow (which becomes next week, then next month, etc.). THE TIME IS NOW! Start standing, and do it on a regular basis. Watch TV or a movie while you’re standing. If you have the kind with a tray, put your computer up there, or a book. Something to help you pass the time. I know my son will even stand while he and a friend are watching a movie. Even try playing video games! The important thing is you’ll be STANDING!

For those of you reading this that are able bodied and take standing very much for granted, think of NOT being able to do it.

For those of you who have injuries or disabilities that make standing on your own difficult or near impossible, please tell me what benefits you have found from using a standing frame.

OK, I’m getting off my soap-box for today……………..


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