Standing Frames Evidence

‘The musculoskeletal status of children with cerebral palsy usually is normal at birth. Multiple factors, including abnormal muscle tone, muscle imbalance, abnormal positioning, difficulty maintaining posture against gravity, and atypical angles of muscle pull on the skeletal system, gradually change alignment’. Gudjonsdottir and Mercer (1997)

It is generally accepted that there is a lack of conclusive published literature to support the use of assisted standing as a therapeutic intervention within paediatric physiotherapy. To date there has only been a small amount of researchers that have studied children in standing frames. Research on standing frame effects have looked at the effect of assisted standing For the purposes of this project the literature has been presented for three main areas of research; bone mineral density, Muscle length, joint range of movement, muscle tone and spasticity; and the hip and spine.




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