In Good StandingBy Finke, Rachel G., PT; Muldoon, Kristeen, MSPT; Rehab Management, Vol. 16, No. 9, pp. 32-35
Publication Date: November 2003
Article discusses the use of standing wheelchair frames, which the authors believe can promote social and physical well-being. Standing frame chairs offer a change in position that is useful in aiding digestion, assisting with bowel and bladder programs, decreases the risk of skin breakdown by unloading the buttocks, aiding in respiration, and decreasing the risk of orthostatic hypertension. Standing also allows for weight bearing, which promotes muscle contraction, improves circulation, and decreases the risk of circulatory problems. Weight bearing is known to help control abnormal muscle tone and decreases the risk of contractures at the hip flexors and heel cords. Standing frame chairs can be used for many different clients, including those with post-polio syndrome, spinal cord injuries, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, stroke, and head injury.
Published by: Ascend Media LLC (Website:http://www.ascendmedia.com)
This publication is included in the library of the National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC), accession number J46414