If you struggle with wheelchair life like I do- whether you're a full-time user or a convenience user- you'll understand the benefit and appeal of using a standing-frame.
Many of us have been through years and years of struggle with medical equipment coverage through the federal healthcare system. My first manual chair took the company two years to sort out through my MediCal insurance- and I've heard horror stories of electric wheelchair batteries giving out and waiting months and months for a new one. But I won't get into all of that right now. Basically, if you're not loaded with money, getting a standing-frame is no easy feat.
Well, I have a solution! I've spent years looking for the perfect standing-frame; I had an eye out for a manual one to facilitate as much muscle use as possible- an important factor when facing a degenerative-muscular disease. In the recent years, I’ve found the perfect one- and as I face the everyday struggles of my disorder- this frame has done wonders in keeping me as supple as can be, and also to quell my feelings of impending doom/futility.
Depending on your mobility independence, this standing frame offers a variety of exercises. If you are able to reach standing position alone but lack confidence in free-standing/or you struggle with balance, these bars are terrific to grip while bracing yours knees and doing squats. This is a super-exercise for your knees, ankles quads and core. Toe-lifts (with the added stability of a bar) are another win. Also, just standing there is great for your organs. Personally, I require some assistance getting upright, and am lucky to have a man who’s willing to lend me a hand with my personal training/exercise routine. Even if you need a friend, helper, parent, or PT teacher to hoist you up, this frame is still great. I like to hold on to the front bars while holding my wrists even- flexing my fingers- and sitting on the rest. While I’m here, I try to move my feet and ankles around, engage the muscles around my knees, and straighten/arch my spine and neck, and even slowly look over one shoulder then the next. It’s so important to keep your spine engaged. Also, of course I like to stand fully, rocking from left to right foot. Lately, I’ve been enjoying listening to chakra healing sounds while I do this, and visualizing my body as a wholly functional conduit of energy. Whatever your preferences are, find your sound and MOVE!