Floor Mounted Parallel Bars
Ultimate Guide to Buying Parallel Bars - Everything You Need to Know
In physical therapy, whether at home or in-office, parallel bars are essential equipment that can move patients toward recovery. Jameson Medical offers patients and physical therapists alike the best equipment on the market to achieve the most productive sessions.
What Are Parallel Bars?
Parallel bars are standard equipment in physical and rehabilitative therapies in the healthcare field. When used by patients, parallel bars can help a person to regain balance, strength, mobility, and independence.
Whether a patient is in recovery from an illness, injury, or other condition, they can lean on parallel bars while they work toward full recovery.
Who Uses Them - Professionals or in the Home?
Most often, athletes use parallel bars in coordination and mobility exercises. These are usually task-oriented exercises to improve balance and coordination. By repeating concise movements as guided by the therapist, patients can build up strength and mobility in specific joints and muscles.
Additionally, a patient in physical therapy might use this equipment to strengthen their ability to walk independently. The patient can use this equipment either at home or in a physical therapy clinic. The bars serve as a safe place to land should a patient lose their balance. They also function as a guide for directing movement. As the patient becomes more confident and capable in their walking skills, they can slowly move away from the bars. From there, they can begin working with a walker, cane, or crutches.
Parallel bars are also useful for conditioning exercises. Typically, professional therapists will lead these exercises. For extra practice during recovery, a therapist might have a patient practice conditioning exercises on parallel bars at the patient's home. These exercises come in handy when an injury or illness requires a person to use a wheelchair for an extended time. In such scenarios, a person can lose strength and stability in the muscles as well as depletion in heart and lung function and blood flow. Special muscle-strengthening, ambulatory, and mobility exercises that involve parallel bars can help them slowly regain strength and prior ambulatory motion.
Finally, parallel bars also play a role in gait training. Preparing to walk is a significant step on the road to recovery. For many patients, the process can provoke a lot of doubt and struggle. Gait training requires a high level of dedication, patience, and will power. Parallel bars help patients either regain their lower body functioning or allow time for the patient's brain and spine to catch up after suffering a severe injury.
One of the great things about parallel bars is that while there's almost always a set at the physical therapy office, you can also install a set in your own home to achieve extra training time and speed up recovery.
Benefits for Patients and Therapists
Parallel bars serve many uses for the patient, as well as for the therapist. Rehabilitative and physical therapists see many patients every day, each with their own unique needs and struggles.
Most people are familiar with the use of parallel bars for recovering from illnesses or injuries that have affected a person's physical abilities. However, parallel bars also help those with chronic illnesses or conditions like osteoporosis, arthritis, and multiple sclerosis. Any injury or illness that carries symptoms such as weakness, dizziness, spasticity, poor balance, poor vision, poor cognition, or lack of coordination can benefit from regular physical therapy sessions.
One of the main benefits of parallel bars for therapists is their adjustable nature. Therapists can raise the bars, lower them, or make them purposely uneven to adjust to each patient's circumstances. Uneven parallel bars, for example, can come in handy when someone needs to strengthen only one side of their body or regain balance. Their adjustability means therapists can use one set of parallel bars for a long time and continue to help many patients in the process.
Parallel bars mainly help to improve the physical condition of a recovering patient. However, they also bring about psychological benefits, such as improved self-image, confidence, public image, and personal well-being.
Factors to Consider When Choosing Parallel Bars
If you're shopping for parallel bars, we have several categories from which can make your selection. To make the best purchase for your specific situation, consider the following styles of physical therapy parallel bars and their benefits:
Platform Mounted Parallel Bars: Platform mounted styles are a semi-permanent solution that can hold patients steady. A large, sturdy platform anchors all the bars down, so travel isn't a worry. These are the most popular style. They are heavy-duty while still being semi-permanent and can function for several different kinds of treatment.
Bariatric Parallel Bars: This design is the best choice to use for any patient over 500 lbs. They feature a mounted design into a thick plywood base and through-pin lock, which provides extra support and stability.
Folding Parallel Bars: These are an excellent choice for anyone looking for something portable and easy to use. They fold, which saves a lot of space. The compact design means they are prevalent in both therapy offices and patients' homes.
Wall-Mounted Folding Parallel Bars: Do you have space for a permanently-mounted set of parallel bars in your therapy space or home? If you do, you will love the construction of the wall-mounted folding designs. These keep the bars anchored to one wall while folding to allow for more free space when not they're not in use.
Featured Parallel Bars
At Jameson Medical, we offer a wide range of parallel bars for patients and therapists alike. Our featured picks are as follows:
The B53-OE is ideal for an individual or a therapy facility seeking a free-standing bar option. A stable plywood base provides reliable traction, and the width and height adjust to fit a person's unique needs. These are best for someone recovering from an illness or an injury.
The B540 is suitable for anywhere that can accommodate free-standing bars. They're great for anyone who is participating in ambulation training or standard physical therapy. With a load capacity of 400 lbs and spring-loaded plungers, these bars provide optimal comfort for patients.
The wall mount design is ideal for anyone with limited space. These bars boast professional quality, and they are easy to adjust, making them an excellent choice for any physical therapy facility or someone looking to gain more practice at home. With wall mounts, you can secure the bars in place. When you have finished using the bars, simply fold them up, and they will be out of the way.
The Quick Ship Folding style is suitable for someone who needs parallel bars on the fly and does not require a permanent fixture. With seven full feet of smooth handrails and adjustable options, these bars provide dependable aid to anyone needing assistance while walking or regaining balance.
Another excellent option for those who need parallel bars quickly, this model of Quick Ship is over 10 feet long. They create plenty of space to regain strength and balance with aid. Their heights are adjustable between 26 and 44 inches to provide comfort for patients of all sizes.
The floor-mounted construction is ideal for anyone who has space for a permanent installation. You can adjust both the height and the weight so that the bar can accommodate anyone from seniors to children. Uninterrupted handrails make walking smoother, and its chrome-plated steel construction holds everything steady. Because of these specs, these bars are ideal for anyone learning to walk in physical therapy.
The Space Saver bar can double your safe walking area without taking up any permanent space in your therapy facility or home. It's a single bar, rather than a pair like the other options we offer, but the design allows patients to lean on one side while they regain strength. When the bar is no longer necessary, you can easily unlock the handrails and slide them together for compact storage.
These hemiplegic parallel bars are perfect for aid in walking with assistance. The ideal buyer is someone who may only have strength on one side of the body or who has recently suffered a stroke and is recovering. The floor-mounted base and smooth handrails make for a sturdy aid when a person is re-learning how to walk.
These cross tie parallel bars have many uses, thanks to their highly customizable nature. These free-standing bars can adjust to meet just about any user's needs. Complete with removable footboards and adjustable heights, they can accommodate all kinds of individuals. The ideal customer would be someone who may need to transport the bars or consistently adjust the settings.
Investing in Parallel Bars for Your Recovery
Whether you're recovering from an injury or an illness, regaining strength is a big step in the right direction. The right set of parallel bars—whether adjustable, foldable, or wall-mounted—can make all the difference.
Jameson Medical provides the highest-grade medical equipment and supplies. We know that these tools play a significant role in the speed and quality of recovery, and we want each patient to have the best shot at a full recovery. Use our guide and browse our selection to find the best parallel bars for you and to reclaim your independence!