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    Standing Frame

    An engineer friend said he would design and build me a standing frame. Several questions have risen:
    1. When standing upright should the user be leaning slightly forward towarda the frame?
    2. Are foot chalks or other means of blocking the feet necessary?
    3. If your standing frame was built for you, do you have the plans?
    4. Any advice for building a standing frame?

    Any input will be greatly appreciated.
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    #2
    Plans for making your own standing frame

    Someone posted a website some time back that showed how to make your own standing frame. A search would definitely be a good idea.

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      #3
      redneck here is the website
      http://www.atsolutions.org/devices/standing_frame.htm
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        #4
        I am not a medical professional. But I have found that for me, anything soft which presses under my knees functions as a standing frame. A walker for stability and something to lean my knees against, and I'm in business. Note that I am T5 complete, and have worked at it a long time to be able to do this on my own (with the help of my family and my laborador.)

        I would HIGHLY recommend consulting your physical therapist if you havent' stood in some time. Typically people will begin to stand in degrees on a tilt table, for small portions of time, gradually increasing. Their heart rate and blood pressure are monitored.
        Eric Texley

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          #5
          Standing Frame

          Foster, thanks a lot for the site. I down loaded their plans. FYI we're using PVC pipe to keep the frame light, but sturdy. I'm no engineer, but my friend is and has his automotive engineer neighbors lending a hand. I'll keep y'all abreast of this undertaking.
          You C.A.N.
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            #6
            Waza - any update?

            I'm toying with the idea of building the SF in the linked plan. I can pull myself upright, but I'm thinking it would be good to have a padded hinged bar (or something) to push against my butt to help keep me upright with knees locked.

            Any thoughts? All ideas welcome.
            Foolish

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              #7
              Before you stand, you really need to get medical clearance, especially if it has been more than a few months since your injury. Then, gradually increase the amount of time spent standing. You can start with 30-60 minutes, depending on your tolerance and add 15 minute increments.


              CKF
              The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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                #8
                Originally posted by SCI-Nurse View Post
                Before you stand, you really need to get medical clearance, especially if it has been more than a few months since your injury. Then, gradually increase the amount of time spent standing. You can start with 30-60 minutes, depending on your tolerance and add 15 minute increments.


                CKF
                Thanks for your advice. I find that doctors look to me to guide them on what I should and should not do, then they write it down and send me a bill.

                Does anybody have any construction suggestions.
                Foolish

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                  #9
                  You should probably have a dexa scan before you stand. You don't want to end up with any long bone fractures.
                  CKF
                  The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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                    #10
                    This could not ring more true.

                    Originally posted by Foolish Old View Post
                    Thanks for your advice. I find that doctors look to me to guide them on what I should and should not do, then they write it down and send me a bill.
                    This is the exact reaction I so often get.

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                      #11
                      what are the benefits to stand? I know it helps bone density and if stem cells come around its a must. what else.
                      thanks
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                        #12
                        Range of motion, circulation, bowels, breathing, and esteem just to name a few

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                          #13
                          Does anybody have a before/after story to share about the effect using a standing frame has had on their bowel production? Seems like intuitive logic that gravity would alter this process for the better. But the proof is in the poopin'. What's your experience?
                          Foolish

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                          "I have great faith in fools; self-confidence my friends call it."~Edgar Allan Poe

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by MSWIFE1 View Post
                            Range of motion, circulation, bowels, breathing, and esteem just to name a few
                            yup everything. should be mandatory for every sci. our bodies werent meant to sit all the time.........

                            i have stood since rehab, 23 yrs, if i dont im a trainwreck. spasms etc
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                              #15
                              Originally posted by dewie27 View Post
                              what are the benefits to stand? I know it helps bone density and if stem cells come around its a must. what else.
                              thanks
                              Actually, there is no good evidence that passive standing alone has any impact on either prevention or treatment of osteoporosis in SCI. Combining it with standing on a vibration therapy plate holds promise, and FES has been demonstrated to help with this if combined with proper medications.

                              Standing frames do help with the following though:
                              • Spasticity
                              • Constipation
                              • Skin integrity
                              • Prevention of joint contractures
                              • Emotional well being

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                              The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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