How To Make Your Standing Frame an Exercise Platform

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How To Make Your Standing Frame an Exercise Platform

Course Description & Accreditation Information


After a spinal cord injury, individuals experience a decrease in their activity levels secondary to paralysis. This results in a more sedentary lifestyle which puts them at risk for health problems such as obesity, diabetes, and increased risk of heart disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends adults with chronic conditions and disabilities get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity a week and muscle-strengthening activities for all major muscle groups at least 2 days per week. It is also recommended that individuals with SCI/D participate in weight bearing for 30 to 60 minutes at least 3 times per week for management of spasticity, bone mineral density and other benefits of standing. This course will describe the process of using the standing frame as an adjunct to an exercise routine for People with Spinal Cord Injury/Disease (PWSCI/D). It will provide a framework to understand the benefits of exercising in the standing position, a means to assess a patient’s needs and some suggested activities to benefit different physiological systems. The presentation will include didactic information and clinical video examples.

Course Length: 1 hour, valued at 0.1 CEUs for 1 hours of instruction.

Course Location: In Person

Learning Objectives:

  1.  Identify the components of fitness that are typically compromised in people with SCI/D and the outcome measures that are valid for this population.
  2. Describe the fitness benefits, precautions and contraindications associated with performing exercise while in standing technology versus sitting position for people with SCI/D.
  3. Identify 2 or more fitness activities that may be performed by people with SCI/D with tetraplegic or paraplegic levels of injury when standing, that will improve different components of fitness.

Instructions to Obtain your CEU

To obtain your CEU, simply click the “Enroll” button, once you are enrolled scroll to the bottom of this page to access the quiz and course evaluation. Once you have completed the quiz and course evaluation, you will be able to download/print your certificate.

Course Completion Criteria

  1. Attend the in person seminar
  2. Complete the post-course survey/evaluation
  3. Download your certificate

Presenter Information

Lawrence Harding, MS, PT
Director of Fitness @ The Axis Project

Lawrence Harding PT, MSPT, is the Director of Fitness at The Axis Project, based in New York City. Axis is a post rehabilitation multidisciplinary center that helps to empower people with long-term physical disabilities, living independently in their communities, and gives them effective tools to pursue and maintain healthy and active lifestyles. He is the President of Spinal Mobility and the developer of the Spinal Mobility technique, a novel manual therapeutic intervention designed to address trunk weakness due to neurological conditions, including Spinal Cord Injury. Since 2014, he has introduced the technique and provided hands-on clinical workshops to many rehabilitative and academic institutions and rehabilitation conferences in the New York Tri-State area and throughout the country. He teaches at Hunter College, CUNY and regularly lectures at PT schools in New York. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and the Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals (ASCIP).Most recently, he is the winner of the 2021 Academy of Neurological Physical Therapy Award for Excellence in SCI Care or Service. Since 1993, he has been a member of Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group, a post-modern dance company based in Brooklyn, NYC.

Disclosure: Lawrence Harding is an education consultant for Altimate Medical and received honoraria for presenting.