One hundred miles southwest of the bustling suburbs of the Twin cities is the town of Morton, Minnesota.
A 2-hour drive down a series of two-lane highways through a mix of farmland, tundra, and open space, takes you to the tiny burg of less than 500 people. Morton boasts just a handful of intersections and corner stores, but a block off Main Street, in a gravel driveway at the foot of a small hill, sits a modest size building with aluminum siding. It’s the headquarters of Altimate Medical Inc., which does business under the more familiar name EasyStand.
Paralysis is more than losing motor function.
A large part of living with paralysis is learning to maintain a body that is no longer in full communication with the brain. Paralyzed limbs don’t simply become useless dangling appendages. Muscles become tight and spastic. They need to be stretched and re-positioned regularly to avoid locking up. Skin breakdown and pressure sores are a constant threat when too much time is spent in the same position, and bodily functions like digestion and circulation are all affected when the body remains sedentary.
EasyStand products provide sit-to-stand support.
Their frames feature an adjustable seat bottom that rises vertically to brace the waist as the unit lifts the body to standing position. Knee and hip supports lock to stabilize the lower body. Their most versatile unit, the EasyStand Evolv, is also EasyStand’s best seller. According to Smith, the Evolv is often the best option for individual home use. A large chest level tray lets users work on a computer, read, or browse the internet while standing. More advanced features include a mobile unit that users with hand and arm function can push and maneuver around their home while standing.
The EasyStand Glider is another popular model. The Glider enables active standing by providing arm handles and lower body range of motion. This lets users move the arm handles to create reciprocal movement in the legs, which makes a cardio workout possible while in position.
Living with paralysis is a battle. It's an ongoing process that requires life-long maintenance.
An EasyStand is one of the three core equipment pieces needed for NeuroHope before we begin operation in early 2015.
We need your help to make it happen: