Prone Standers

Prone standers support the front of the body; they lean the user forward at varying angles to keep him/her upright. To further steady the user there are lateral (side) supports as well as posterior straps or pads that hold the feet, knees, buttocks, and trunk in place. The angle at which a user stands can usually be varied. The supports can be adjusted for growth or a change in the user's physical condition.

During normal development, most children stand before they can walk and this helps to develop the muscles and joints in the legs and hips.

Many children with physical disabilities are unable to support their own weight through their legs independently, and so physiotherapists use supportive standers to put disabled children of a similar age into weight bearing positions up against gravity.

Prone standers provide a lot of support as the child's upper body and legs rest against a padded board. Most adjust in angle so that as the child's abilities increase, the board can steadily be moved to a more vertical position, and very slowly more weight can be taken through the legs.

Some prone standers are freestanding units. Others, called "lean-to standers", are designed to lean against a table or counter. The freestanding units usually have a more stable base, can be placed anywhere in a room regardless of other furniture, and may have small casters for easier movement (though they are not intended to offer mobility outdoors). The lean-to units are usually lighter weight and more portable, but they tip over more easily and must lean against a stable piece of furniture. Most freestanding units include an activity table at arm level, whereas lean-to units rely on a table or counter for a work surface.

Lean-to prone standers can help both adults and children develop skills in standing and endurance. A lean-to unit adjacent to a standing table positions the users to take advantage of space for work or play and encourages them to use both hands. Lean-to models are to be leaned against a wall, a standing table, or some other structure for support. Most of them have chest and knee supports with straps, and their standing platforms come equipped with heel and toe-ankle straps as well as removable abduction wedges (foam cushions that aid in support and positioning).

For children with mild or moderate neuromuscular limitations, adaptive prone standers may be helpful. Their purpose is to help children to adjust gradually to weight bearing. A folding crank allows infinite angle adjustments, from 0 to 71 degrees. Their rear casters are extended, for added stability.

Certain prone standers also can be used as supine or vertical standers.



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