A woman with multiple sclerosis (MS) who has not been able to stand for seven years has praised a standing frame intervention for helping to change her life.
Sally Morgan, from Moorhaven near Ivybridge, Devon, can now stand for more than an hour with minimal joint and muscle pain since taking part in a randomised control study run by the University of Plymouth.
The trial is assessing the effectiveness of a home-based self-management standing frame programme in people with secondary progressive MS.
Known as standing up in Multiple Sclerosis (SUMS), the trial is being run by the University’s School of Health Professions, and is looking at the impact of standing on muscle weakness, balance, spasms, joint stiffness, breathing difficulties and bladder and bowel control.
The NHS-owned Oswestry Standing Frame is roughly the size of an armchair, and the study requires the participant to use it for 30 minutes, three times a week, for 36 weeks.