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The Benefits of Standing Aids

Standing aids are a great piece of equipment for someone who has mobility issues that prevents them from easily standing up. Mobility issues can be caused by injury, disability or disease and even patients who have had long hospital stays may find it difficult when trying to stand up again.

A standing aid can provide support for patients who are in the recovery process or adapting to their mobility issues. Standing also helps the body function in numerous ways and a standing aid can be incorporated as part of their daily physiotherapy.

Some of the ways in which a standing aid can beneficial includes:

Reduced Swelling

Long periods of sitting or laying down may cause fluid to build up in the body’s tissue and result in a condition called Dependent Edema. Dependent Edema may cause swelling in the feet, ankles or legs and can become quite uncomfortable for those suffering with it.

One of the treatments for reducing the swelling caused by Edema, is to try and move around more. A patient suffering with mobility issues will find it more challenging to remain active, but a standing aid can help support movement, offer stability and overall reduce swelling.

Bone Density

Weight bearing activities like standing, walking or exercising cause the body’s bones to become stronger and more dense in order to support the weight. Mobility issues can cause a lack of physical activity which results in the bone density reducing, making them less strong and less able to physically support the body.

Reduced bone density may also result in increased fractures and breaks and can result in long term chronic pain. A standing aid can help manage bone density reduction by providing physical support that still allows for the body to bear weight and strengthen it’s bones.

Improved Bowel and Bladder Function

The body’s digestive system operates most efficiently when it is aligned vertically, the whole system works very hard, but there needs to be fluctuating movements between sitting and standing up in order to help the digestive system work. Sitting or laying down for long periods of time may cause constipation, incontinence and abdominal discomfort.

Gravity also plays a role in the functioning of the kidneys, bladder and lower intestines, as well as helping to stimulate bowel movements. A standing aid allows users to benefit from increased physical movement and improves the body’s overall ability to eliminate waste.

Regular use of a standing aid will help regulate and improve the body’s digestion system.

Muscle Strength

A lack of activity will cause muscle atrophy, where the muscles essentially waste away from not being used, this can cause muscle soreness, tenderness and fatigue. A standing aid allows users to work on improving their muscle strength, particularly in their core, back and legs. The standing aid supports the body’s weight whilst the patient works on training a certain muscle group. Using a standing aid to train the muscles is a great treatment for managing the rate of atrophy elevating overall comfort.

Posture

Mobility issues often make it challenging for people to remain active and physically engaged. Sitting or laying down for long periods of time can also result in poor posture which causes pain in the back, neck, shoulders and even in the hips.

A standing aid can help users improve their core and back muscles and provide physical support when it comes to practising correct posture. Improved posture will help avoid issues of muscular pain like a pulled muscle or trapped nerve.

Improved Circulation and Heart Health

Standing in an upright position improves the body’s ability to circulate blood and maintain good oxygen flow. If you are sitting or laying down for long periods of time, the heart isn’t given the opportunity to work out and practise pumping blood all around your body. Long periods of inactivity may even cause heart disease and heart failure.

A standing aid can help support regular physical activity, where the heart will be required to pump a bit faster as opposed to remaining at a resting heart rate. This will promote good heart health and even improve the blood circulation to the body’s extremities.

Lung Health

Sitting for long periods of time may cause the body to hunch over and result in the respiratory system being constricted. Constant improper pressure on the lungs can reduce their air capacity and overall functioning. A standing aid helps to promote respiratory health by encouraging the full expansion of the lungs.

Burning calories

Mobility issues can severely reduce one’s ability to perform physical activities. A lack of physical activity may result in weight gain which can make the recovery process more difficult and lead to other health complications.

A standing aid can help the user engage in physical activity without causing further pain or injury, it provides an opportunity to burn energy with the proper care and support in place. Regular physical activity also improves sleep, reduces stress and helps increase overall health.

Improved Balance

Mobility issues from an injury or disability can make it more challenging for users to balance themselves and stand up. A standing aid provides physical support as a source of balance and can be used as a tool for the user to independently help themselves.

Standing aids can also be utilised for balance improving therapies. Users can work on their sense of balance and reduce the likelihood of injury and falling, it improves their proprioception (the ability to physically perceive yourself and the world around you).

Future of standing aids

Standing aids will continue to be a major asset in helping those affected with mobility issues. They can assist users in their recovery process and help manage pain. A lack of movement will cause a host of physical problems and can often make the initial injury or disability more challenging.

The major benefit of standing aids is that they promote physical activity which is responsible for aiding many of the ailments associated with mobility issues. Advancements in technology have also made the equipment more accessible to users and more adaptable for individual needs.

Standing aids will continue to be used within physiotherapy activities and healthcare practices, they are a staple in supporting equipment for those with mobility issues.

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