With so many mobility options available, it’s hard to decide which one you should choose. Many people opt for wheelchairs, scooters, and seated transfer lifts, but they’re not your only options. In fact, there are better mobility and transfer options. Standing frames and standing lifts offer additional benefits to the users that wheelchair users do not receive. Here are some of the many benefits of standing that people who use a wheelchair do not receive.
Maintain Bone Density
When you spend most of your time sitting down, over time, your bones will become weaker and less dense. With standing equipment, your bones remain dense because you continue to use them as you move around with the standing equipment. Standing frames gives users the support they need to stand and allows their bones to remain active and become stronger over time.
Improve Muscle Strength and Posture
Not only will bones become stronger, but the user’s muscles will become stronger when they use standing equipment. People who use wheelchairs are more likely to develop poor muscle strength in the legs, and poor muscle strength in the legs can lead to poor posture, neck and joint soreness, back pain, and muscle fatigue. You can avoid these things by using a standing frame to get around and by using standing lifts.
Improved Bladder and Bowel Function
Did you know that continuous sitting can affect your bowel and bladder? That’s because gravity plays a huge role in how the body eliminates waste. Standing allows gravity to work with your body in order to regulate bodily functions and reduce constipation. The user’s digestive system will be more efficient, be less likely to contract a urinary tract infection, and will reduce the threat of kidney stones.
Improved Heart and Lung Health
One of the less-known benefits of walking is the improvement of heart and lung functions. Constant pressure on the bottom of your body, like when sitting, can cause swelling, sores, restrict circulation, and contribute to lower lung function. Standing with standing frames will help users promote good circulatory and respiratory health by allowing the heart and lungs to do their jobs properly.
Get Moving with a Standing Frame
Ready to experience all of the benefits standing has to offer? Start by getting a standing frame or standing lift from Freedom Mobility. Our selection of standing frames and lifts makes it easier for virtually anyone to start walking. Contact us now to schedule an appointment to visit our Hanover, MD showroom.