Biodex Medical Systems, headquartered in Shirley, NY, introduces the Sit2Stand Trainer, designed to help individuals practice and develop strength needed to execute the vital sit-to-stand motion. The new trainer is built to provide benefits for clients in both wellness and physical rehabilitation settings.

The new Sit2Stand is designed to address proper biomechanics in development of the lower body strength required to achieve the sit-to-stand motion. Furthermore, it can be used to contribute to upper-extremity strength gain as a way to help diminish pain often created by upper-body compensation for lower-extremity weakness.

Sit2Stand is designed with easy-to-use and conveniently located adjustment levers and biomechanically positioned arm supports. A media release from Biodex notes that the device provides a safe, progressive environment for a patient to move through the seated to standing motions, either independently or with a therapist’s guidance.

The Sit2Stand reportedly is engineered so that a therapist has open access to the patient, and can assist with movement. By repeating the motions, a patient builds both lower and upper-body muscular strength and endurance, improves flexibility, and ultimately gains independence. Clients of wellness programs may utilize the device with minimal supervision, strengthening both upper and lower extremities, important for maintaining independence.

A distinguishing feature of the Sit2Stand, according to the Biodex media release, is the assistance profile which provides accommodating assistance to natural movement. The assistance corresponds with the sit-to-stand force output, providing more assistance where one is weaker, and less assistance where one is stronger.

Don Gronachan, Biodex vice president physical medicine sales, notes that the device is manufactured with the goal of offering facilities a training tool to aid older adults in gaining or maintaining independence.

“We created the Sit2Stand to benefit weakened, older, or sedentary patients and residents. Its versatile, secure design allows it to be used in many types of facilities including independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing, wellness centers, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation centers,” Gronachan says.

[Source: Biodex]