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Using a walking frame

Te whakamahi i tētahi tāparepare hīkoi

Each walking frame works differently and there are different techniques for using frames depending on the frame and the person using it.

But there are some techniques and tips that will help you get the most out of your walking frame, no matter what make or model it is.

Prepare your home

Make sure your home is free of loose rugs, trailing electric cords, cluttered floors and other things that could get in your way and trip you up.

If you have stairs, buy separate frames for upstairs and downstairs – do not try to take your frame up and down the stairs.

Things to do

Things to avoid

If you need help learning the best way to use your frame, you can ask a physiotherapist or occupational therapist to visit you in your own home to make sure you are getting things right.

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed November 2022.

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