How to Choose the Right Stander

June 3, 2020 by Jorge Ramos

How to Choose the Right Stander

It is very important to keep in mind that there are many types of standers that differ by brand, function, price and more. The most important things to consider when choosing a stander are the individual needs of the person who will be using it. What type of stander will benefit them the most in their rehabilitation?

There are many people in the world who live with a musculoskeletal condition, ranging from cerebral palsy to spinal cord injury to muscular dystrophy. All these people could benefit from standing programs. It has been seen in multiple studies that standing promotes better lung function, skeletal muscle development, postural control, intestinal mobility, reduced tone, improved bladder emptying, management of lung secretions and bone density.

Our partner, Rifton Equipment, has a complete line of standers that have simple, adjustable designs that are manufactured with quality in mind. Let's look at the differences between them to determine which stander is appropriate.

Rifton Supine Stander

Supine Stander

The supine stander offers opportunities for patients with high complexities, allowing greater social interaction and involvement in a wide range of therapeutic and recreational activities. It is ideal for patients who have been bedridden for a long time or with musculoskeletal weakness. Angle adjustments on this stander allow for safe use while promoting weight bearing on the lower limbs. Standing changes the way patients see and experience the world.

Rifton Prone Stander

Prone Stander

During the therapeutic progression from a supine stander to a prone stander, the patient is now challenged to work the trunk and neck muscles against gravity for better posture. The angle-adjustable settings provide anterior stability while stimulating gradual weight bearing and range of motion of the hip. In the prone position, patients can work with both hands while interacting and making eye contact with the people around them. Therapists and caregivers love the prone stander for its design, as it makes it easy to use and adjust.

Rifton Mobile Stander

Mobile Stander

During the therapeutic progression from the prone to the mobile stander, the mobile stander allows for a more upright posture for weight bearing and a balance of the complexities encountered while achieving an independent standing position. This is particularly true when used in a reverse configuration. With the large wheels, the stander allows freedom and exploration when self-propelling. When the large wheels are removed, the stander allows access to a table. With this range of possibilities, users can interact with their friends and their surroundings without realizing that they are working on weight bearing, balance, and postural control at the same time. These skills are necessary for independent standing.

This is a guide to learn a little more about the features of different standers. Always keep in mind that health professionals will advise which is the most suitable. If you need more information, do not hesitate to contact us.

Jorge Ramos, MD Sales Manager for the Caribbean

Health professional with marketing and sales skills, lover of technology, videojegos and sports. His weaknesses are coffee and his family.

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