Squatting is a key exercise to build lower extremity strength. The support piston of the Up n’ Free performs several key functions to assist in this exercise.
- The support piston moves freely up and down while supplying a constant amount of lifting support. The user can perform knee bends over a wide range of motion from shallow bends to 90°. As the lifting piston moves up and down the support provided by the Up n’ Free remains about the same.
- As the user’s strength builds, the amount of support provided by the Up n’ Free can be reduced.
- Squats an be performed with both legs or with either leg separately. Working with each leg independently allows the caregiver and user to work on conditioning based on the need of each leg.