Videos Supine Stander Demo
Lori Potts, PT demonstrates the features of the Supine Stander and discusses methods for promoting effective standing. Watch Lori demonstrate the Mobile Stander and Prone Stander. Video Transcript   This is Rifton’s Supine Stander. This is one is the Small. We also offer a Large Supine Stander. You’ll notice that the movement from horizontal to vertical is gradual and with our Large Supine...
PT/OT Winning the Funding Battle for Standing Devices March 24, 2016 by Melissa K Tally, PT, MPT, ATP and Erin M Pope, PT, MPT, ATP
For all of us, standing is an integral part of the developmental sequence. And particularly for people with motor impairments and physical disabilities it is one of the key building blocks that leads to exploratory mobility. (Bower, E.) A child who is unable to stand may be missing out on developmental learning and interaction with the environment. We know the many benefits of standing as well: improved...
PT/OT Evidence Update: Supported Standing Protocols December 07, 2015 by Elena Noble, MPT
For decades already we’ve seen standing programs used as a therapeutic intervention for adults with neurological conditions. We’ve known that without such intervention, patients with spinal cord injuries, strokes, traumatic brain injuries or multiple sclerosis spend hours and hours each day in sedentary postures—with devastating results. Sitting for upwards of eight hours a day leads to...
Evidence Based Practice Evidence Update: Standing Programs for Hip Flexibility July 27, 2015 by Elena Noble, MPT
Secondary to the motor disorders which affect their physical development, children with spastic cerebral palsy tend to lose lower limb range of motion between infancy and adolescence. Researchers have measured hip abduction decreases of nine degrees in this population. Since loss of hip abduction makes balance and walking difficult, maintaining hip abduction becomes a crucial intervention. Because of...
PT/OT Choosing Between Adaptive Standers July 01, 2014 by Elena Noble, MPT
Many people with compromised musculoskeletal systems can benefit from adapted standing programs. Ranging from diagnosis of cerebral palsy to spinal cord injury or muscular dystrophy, research shows that standing can help improve pulmonary function, musculoskeletal development, postural control, intestinal motility and reduce tone. Rifton produces a line of adaptive standers which are known for their simple...
Tips & Advice NCART Standing Device Funding Guide June 04, 2013 by Elena Noble, MPT
As clinicians you know without a doubt that children with disabilities who are given the opportunity to stand and bear weight experience positive health benefits.  Peer-reviewed literature supports active weight-bearing and dynamic loading for improved bone mineral content and an upright position improves cardiopulmonary functioning, bowel and bladder health and joint range of motion. Unfortunately...
Evidence Based Practice Adaptive Standers Kids with Disabilities and BMD: What's the Evidence? April 02, 2013 by Lori Potts, PT
Bone Mineral Density It’s widely recognized that non-ambulatory children with physical disabilities such as cerebral palsy are at risk for decreased bone mineral density (BMD). (1-3) Children with CP can also present with altered skeletal maturation and thinner, smaller bones. (4-6) As a consequence, these children are at an increased risk for fractures. (7-10) Research indicates that fracture risk...
Stories Tribute to Don Noble August 02, 2012 by Elena Noble, MPT
Today’s post is out of the ordinary; it’s a tribute to my Grandpa, Don Noble. Grandpa passed away a week ago. He did not have any physical disabilities or surmount any huge obstacles as many of the people featured in our posts have done; he lived a healthy life. But as he reached his final years Alzheimer’s set in. During this time I was privileged to care for him and his wife and was...
Tips & Advice Rehab Equipment Exchange February 21, 2012 by Joyce Clark, PT
A Solution for Finding Used Rehab Equipment Rehab Equipment Exchange started locally. As a pediatric physical therapist for 35 years, I was well aware of the high cost of new equipment. Often patients only need equipment on short term as either functional improvement or age growth limit extensive use of the same piece of equipment. When making home visits, I would see unused equipment being used as plant...
How To's Guidelines for Functional Use of Large Supine Stander
The Rifton Large Supine Stander has a unique new transfer height adjustment feature. When horizontal, the Large Supine Stander lowers to 21" for easy sitting transfers. While horizontal, it can be raised up to 30" to accommodate other transfers such as from a bed or gurney. Transfers can be performed effectively and safely decreasing risk of back strain for the caregiver. The crank that controls horizontal...
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