An accumulation of medical facts taken from physicians' prescriptions indicates the following to be the primary reason doctors strongly recommend passive standing:
Promotes better urinary drainage
Helps improve circulation
Stretches hamstrings & heel cords
Helps control spasticity
Assists in bowel & bladder regularity
Helps reduce skin breakdown
Helps to release & prevent contractures
Exercises the cardiovascular system
Assists "feeling good"
Even without considering these physiological benefits, the cost of passive standing can be justified when one considers the increased independence and productivity. In fact, the SuperStand philosophy is all about making it as easy as possible to achieve greater health and well-being.
The Standing Company on TV
Here is The Standing Company's own Edward Bell being interviewed on TV about his Superstand Standing Wheelchair. Click on this link to see the whole interview:
The article entitled Sitting Too Much Could Be Deadly by Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer, on January 20, 2010, was written about sitting in general. Now just imagine how someone confined to a wheelchair might feel. This article really sums up the benefits of standing.
Tilt in Space Chair Comparison
Perhaps your therapist has recommended a tilt in space chair. Be sure to consider the health and quality of life benefits offered by standing wheelchairs. Our handy tilt in space comparison page shows the two products side-by-side.
Here is a recent Charle Osgood (CBS-TV and radio personality) commentary on the dangers of sitting. He is, obviously, addressing able-bodied people but his message has triple validity for traditional chair users who have to sit for 12-16 hours a day. (we thank him for adopting our long time tag line . . . "Don't just sit there"):
I am a Doctor of Nuclear Medicine and over the last twelve years, I have owned three (3) of the MOST expensive wheelchairs in the world! But the chair I use today (and everyday) for the last three years is the Half-Power Superstand... at a fraction of the price!
I like the concept of power mobility while still getting exercise by manually standing.
Also, I love being able to stand very quickly vs. a slow rising electronic system.