Unfortunately some children with physical disabilities are unable to stand and support their own weight independently. For these children a physiotherapist will advise on using a standing frame which enables a child to be in an upright position. A standing frame provides support at the head, trunk, hips, knees and feet to enable children to be in an upright position.
The Benefits of Standing:
- Increases bone density – reduces the risk of fractures.
- Maintenance of muscles length – prevents the development of muscle contractures.
- Improves blood circulation – reduces risk of swelling in legs.
- Aids digestion – results in improved bladder and bowel function.
- Maintains hip joint alignment and spinal posture – reduces the risk of hip dislocation and the development of scoliosis.
- Enables children to interact with their friends at eye level – this in turn helps with self-esteem, confidence and accessibility to the curriculum.
- Aids hand function – with their bodies supported, children can focus their effort on hand function.
Things to Consider when choosing a Standing Frame:
- The amount of postural support your child requires.
- The ease of use for the carers.
- Choosing appropriate accessories to optimise function.
- Where will the standing frame be used?
- Where will the standing frame be stored?
- Your child’s social, developmental and educational needs and goals.
- Ensuring your child is as comfortable as possible.
- How will your child transfer in and out of the standing frame?
- Is a mobile or stationary standing frame more appropriate for your child?
Our team of highly specialist physiotherapists can assess your child, make recommendations and arrange trials of different standing frames to find the right one. We can provide training on its correct use and provide regular reassessment to ensure it continues to meet your child’s needs. A poorly fitted standing frame can cause pain, discomfort and even long term damage.
Current literature recommends that children who are unable to stand independently should start using a standing frame between 12 and 18 months. It is our aim to make standing a positive experience and we can support your family every step of the way. If you think your child would benefit from using a standing frame or already uses one but you would like an expert opinion on its suitability then please contact us to arrange an assessment by calling 0207 884 0374 or email us at email@example.com.