Canes provide support for standing and sitting as well as walking.
Besides helping you keep your balance as you walk, a cane can provide support for sitting down in a chair and getting back up again. Here is how to safely use your cane to help you sit or stand.
Sitting Down in a Chair:
- Using the cane for balance, back up in front of the chair until the back of your legs touch the chair seat.
- Reach back with one or both hands and grasp the arm rest(s) as you bend forward slightly. You can either hold the cane in one hand as you grab the arm rest or rest it against the chair before you sit down.
- Using the arm rest and cane for support, slowly lower yourself into the chair.
- Slide back in the chair until your pelvis touches the backrest.
Standing Up from a Chair:
- Scoot forward in the chair until you are sitting on the edge of the seat.
- To use your cane while standing up, grasp the cane in the hand opposite your affected leg.
- Grasp the arm rest with your other hand.
- Move your weak leg forward a few inches.
- Using both arm rests and the cane for support, bend your upper body forward slightly and slowly stand up.
- With your weak leg slightly in front, the weight of your body should transfer to the strong leg and cane as you stand.
- Wait a minute or two before walking to allow your body to adjust to standing up. The feeling of lightheadedness should pass quickly.
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