Last month we held an interactive session with Sunrise China to discuss the benefits of standing. We went through a number of clinical cases and covered how the Leckey Mygo stander would support and ultimately benefit them. In addition to this, we went through different ways of positioning the stander to cover the unique ways the Mygo stander could accommodate those who can't weight bear, who have poor head and trunk control as well as those with scoliosis.
Standing typically occurs at 9-12 months. Through a combination of feedback from the visual, vestibular and somatosensory systems (sensors in our muscles and soles of feet), standing upright helps to tell our brain the position and orientation of our body in space. Without this feedback, it will be more difficult for the child to learn upright head and trunk control and thus use of their upper limbs and hands.
Children who are immobile are at risk of hip migration with up to 90% of the least active children experiencing hip displacement. Unfortunately, hip displacement is associated with pain, spinal deformity and surgery. Standing frames have been shown to improve bone mineral density and are the first step in the journey towards upright movement.
Standing therapy is an essential part of 24-hour postural management and confers a range of benefits to children including an increase in bone mineral density, improvement in range of movement and aiding bladder and bowel function. The associated psychological and cognitive benefits of being upright with peers help improve sleep, communication and general wellbeing.
The unique design of the Mygo Stander’s knee and foot mechanism allows users with up to 25- degree contractures to stand fully supported, with hips and knees flexed, in a more upright, less kyphotic posture. This often allows children to remain standing for longer periods.
- A unique de-rotation hip belt with hardware makes it very easy for the therapist or carer to rotate the pelvis into a neutral central position without applying excessive force - The split knee supports self-align above and below the patella to ensure pressure is not applied directly to the delicate patella but distributed to the femur and tibia