ReadyStalls are more cost effective.
- Most standing frames currently available cost somewhere close to 8-10x the amount of ReadyStalls Standing Frames.
- Eng et all (2001) reported the most common reason that prevented the respondents from standing was the cost of equipment to enable standing.
Use of prolonged standing for individuals with spinal cord injuries. Eng JJ, Levins SM, Townson AF, Mah-Jones D, Bremner J, Huston G. Phys Ther. 2001 Aug;81(8):1392-9.
ReadyStalls Standing Frames can accommodate clients with a wide variety of heights & weights.
- The support belts can be adjusted for nearly any height patient. This is especially valuable in a clinic setting because most standing frames are limited to approximately 5’2″ to 5’10” height range as well as having girth limitations. Most standing frame companies require clinics to order multiple standing frame models/units to accommodate each height and weight range (i.e. small, medium, large sizes). Some standing frames have different hip and leg length adjustments which can be difficult to constantly adjust when multiple clients are using the same standing frame. Not to mention the frequent need to order replacement parts of the multiple components.
- Ready Stalls fits the same way on everyone, every time as long as consistent physiologic landmarks are used to place the support belts. Our support belts are rated to hold persons up to 450 lbs. Our product can meet your clinic’s need from the petite patient to the obese patient population without having to order multiple standing frame units.
ReadyStalls can be advantageous in standing patient with orthostatic hypotension.
- If a patient experiences orthostatic hypotension, it is easy to sit them quickly. Although sitting usually requires assistance of one person to help the patient down; it is much easier to quickly elevate the legs and recline the patient, since they are returning to sitting in their own wheelchair instead of returning to the restricted sitting position of a traditional standing frame, which has no ability to tilt, and often require increased time to remove constraints of strapping at the feet and/or legs (abdominal binders, ace wraps, and compression garments can be used with ReadyStalls Standing Frames).
The benefits of ReadyStalls Support Belt feature:
- The belts allow versatility in terms of the support: clinicians can remove the hip support belt and work on hip extension (proximal hip control) while still providing support for knee extension and balance, or do the opposite and remove the knee support belt to work on knee extension (stance control), while leaving the hip support belt in place. If the patient presents with one lower extremity more affected (weaker) than the other, the clinician can don the support belts unilaterally to provide support for the more involved (weaker) lower extremity. This option allows the patient to practice gravity dependent stance stability with less involved (stronger) lower extremity the opportunity.
- The support belts are very easy to pad: clinicians can add all the padding they want for clients who have spasms or to relieve pressure, which is hard to do in most standing frames.
Allows clinicians the variability to focus on different goals with clients of different functional levels with the same piece of equipment.
- Example: Para stance/pre-KAFO training (achieving this positioning is not possible in any other standing device that ReadyStalls is aware of) vs. progressive recovery-focused balance/postural control in standing position.
- Another example: Under the direct supervision of a therapist, approved rubber straps/band can be substituted for the support belts. This alternative method is used to provide dynamic support in standing- since the resistance increases as the bands are stretched they actually provide more assistance and the client’s effort decreases. This innovative substitute option is not possible with any other standing frame that Ready Stalls is aware of.
Other unique and beneficial features:
- The design of the ReadyStalls allows the therapist and patient a free, unobstructed space to work on alternative activities which challenge trunk and hip stability. This unobstructed space allows the therapist(s) easy access to the client: therapists can position anteriorly, posteriorly, or laterally to the patient without restriction of standing frame structure, this allowing increased ease of providing facilitation, support, and more options for a variety of therapeutic interventions.
- The open design of ReadyStalls Standing Frames can allow the therapist to target trunk and upper extremity strengthening interventions within the standing frame environment. Clients can be encouraged to improve their control of forward, backward, or lateral trunk flexion and trunk rotation as well as their ability to recover to an upright standing position with limited or no upper extremity assistance. Upper-extremity reaching and strengthening activities can also be completed in a standing frame with decreased trunk support. The patient is challenged to complete the upper extremity activity while maintaining their upright and neutral trunk position. As the patient’s trunk control progresses, the activities can be made progressively more difficult or hand weights can be added.
- Therapists can adjust the patient’s hip, knee, or foot position easily from in front of or behind the patient. This is not the case with most standing frames – the patient would have to return to sitting to adjust the support features for lower extremity positioning.
- The design of ReadyStalls also allows the client to work on more activities in standing, such as lateral or anterior/posterior weight shifts, which are not possible in other standing frames.
- Therapists who want to work on a specific task or exercise in standing, but do not have a rehab technician for extra assistance, can use the ReadyStalls for extra assistance.
- ReadyStalls can be used to perform a variety of daily living activities (ADL) in standing. This has both physical and psychosocial benefits.
- Example: A therapist can choose to remove only the knee support belt from one or both LE, and instead provide variable manual assistance or facilitation based on client performance. The same technique can be applied with the hip support belt.
- ReadyStalls Standing Frames are not appropriate for every patient. ReadyStalls Standing Frames should only be used under the guidance of a physician with recommendations for standing program protocol and any medical precautions (bone density clearance, etc). Clients with medial/lateral knee or ankle instability should probably not use the ReadyStalls (unless appropriate bracing/orthotics are donned under the professional judgment of treating therapist).
- In most cases, Ready Stalls Standing Frames requires the assistance of one person to don the hip belt.
- A patient requiring maximal assistance for trunk control might benefit more from another standing system that offers lateral trunk support. However, ReadyStalls might become an option down the road when the patient has demonstrated progression of increased independence of trunk control with upper extremity support.