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How The Independence Chair Works

The Independence Chair is NOT a lift chair but an exercise chair that will help you increase strength and keep your independence.

The Independence Chair works on assistance and your own body weight. You adjust the setting to your weight and receive a level of assistance with the chair every time you sit and stand. As you exercise using the Independence Chair, you will strengthen the upper and lower body and be able to lower the level of assistance set. With regular use, you will able to sit and stand on your own using your own muscles and relying on no one but yourself!

The Independence Chair works the lower body with the sit to stand exercise and the upper body with assisted dips. View the videos for a closer look at the exercises.

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Research Articles

“Approved by Sara M. Meeks, P.T., M.S., G.C.S., K.Y.T.”

INDEPENDENT SIT-TO-STAND: A Key Skill in the Prevention of Physical Frailty

Sara M. Meeks, P.T., M.S., G.C.S., K.Y.T.


As I have said before, every now and then a product comes along that has real clinical value related to the research, is affordable and makes a definite difference in rehabilitation. One of those products is the Independence Chair manufactured and distributed by Endorphin.
Research has shown that Physical Frailty is a separate and distinct syndrome from aging and other diagnoses and one of its pre-defining features is weakness of the musculoskeletal system and, in particular, loss of leg strength. 1-4 In fact, according to Judge, 3 loss of leg strength is the strongest single predictor for subsequent institutionalization. Also, “lower extremity function is highly predictive of subsequent disability in non-disabled community older persons.” 5

According to Cummings 6 “the inability to rise from a chair without using one’s arms is associated with an increased risk of falls and a twofold increase in hip fracture risk.” The Independence Chair would make an affordable and highly useable addition to any setting. The seat is height-adjustable and, in addition, the amount of assistance, based on the user’s body weight, is also adjustable.
This device seems to be an idea whose time has come. With its use for patients with total knee, total hip, other lower extremity weakness and surgery, if I were to return to clinical practice, it would definitely be on my purchase list as a “must-have” item.

  1. Fried LP et al. 2005
  2. Campbell AJ and Buchner DM 1997
  3. Judge JO. 1996
  4. Bortz Wm2nd 2002
  5. Guralnik J et al. 1995
  6. Cummings et al 1995
Resistance Exercise Adds Muscle to Older Adults' Body Mass


Welcome news for older adults: A new review article by University of Michigan researchers shows adults can add 2.42 pounds of lean muscle to their body mass and increase their overall strength by 25% to 30% after 18 to 20 weeks of progressive resistance training.

"Our analyses of current research show that the most important factor in somebody's function is their strength capacity. No matter what age an individual is, they can experience significant strength improvement with progressive resistance exercise even into the eighth and ninth decades of life," says Mark Peterson, PhD, a research fellow in the U-M Physical Activity and Exercise Intervention Research Laboratory, at the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

According to Peterson, older adults can start with exercises that involve only their own body weight, including squats, modified push-ups, lying hip bridges, and nontraditional exercises, such as Pilates and yoga. After getting accustomed to these activities, older adults can move on to more advanced resistance training in an exercise and fitness facility.

"Resistance exercise is a great way to increase lean muscle tissue and strength capacity so that people can function more readily in daily life," he says.

The study, "Resistance Exercise for the Aging Adult: Clinical Implications and Prescription Guidelines," is published in the March 2011 issue of The American Journal of Medicine.