What to look for when buying a stall bar
Stall bars, aka wall bars, swedish bars, or swedish wall bars, are simple in principle but vary widely in construction between manufacturers. Here are some things to consider:
Rung Shape - Especially important for gymnastics and fitness training, the ergonomics of an oval (ovoid) rung allow for a stronger grip over a longer period of time without fatigue. Larger round rungs are stronger but strain the users grip strength quickly, due to "hand pump". By making the rungs an ovoid shape, we've found a balance between rung size and comfort. The flat faces also make a more comfortable surface to lean on during stretching and hanging exercises.
Rung Material - A frightening number of manufacturers use poplar wood rungs. The rungs are (usually) the weak link in the stall bar unit, and poplar is not up to the task. Just about all other domestic hardwoods make a more preferable material.
Rung Attachment - Some stall bars secure the rungs with glue, which can break free and allow the rung to spin. This may not be a big issue with Schroth therapy but in gymnastics it is of course necessary to have a very secure rung. Ours are screwed to the unit through the back of the vertical rails, so they cannot spin.
Horizontal Crossbars - Most other wall bars may attach via brackets, which limits your wall anchoring options to only the bracket locations, leading many people to have to build their own backing boards to mount the wall bar to.
When choosing a stall bar for Schroth scoliosis physical therapy:
There are additional items to consider when buying a wall bar for scoliosis therapy. How important each of these items is to you must be determined by your therapist.
Rung Spacing - When building stall bars for Schroth therapists, I'm usually asked to make the rung spacing a narrow 5 1/2", so that the patient can find the hand position that ideally leverages them into a position most suited to the exercise they are performing. I've now brought that principle to the Rangeley, Rockland, Portland, and Acadia stall bar models.
Rung Clearance to Wall - Some Schroth exercises require the user to wrap their arms behind the rungs. For these routines there must be enough clearance behind the rungs to do so. The Acadia, Portland, and Rockland models accommodate these exercises, as does the Rangeley when paired with the optional spacer block kit.
Offset Top Rung - Schroth hanging exercises require the user's torso to clear the other rungs during hanging routines. The 5 1/4" clearance on the Acadia, Rockland, and Portland models allow for this nicely.
Stall Bar Comparison Table
|Rung Spacing||5 1/2"||5 1/2"||5 1/2"||5 1/2"||5 1/2"|
|Top Rung Offset||2"||2"||5 1/4"||5 1/4"||5 3/4"|
|Rung to Wall||2"||2"||3 7/8"||4 7/8"||4 7/8"|
Each stall bar is made to be as easy as possible to assemble and install. All hardware is included and holes are pre-drilled. You will need a screwgun, 3/16" drill to predrill the wall studs, and for the Acadia, a 1/2" wrench to the plywood gussets in place. For more information, click on the link below to download the installation instructions.
North American White Ash: Ash is a tough hardwood with a beautiful grain pattern similar to oak, with a mix of light tan colored sapwood and medium/light brown heartwood.
Hard Maple: Second only to hickory in strength among domestic hardwoods, maple also finishes beautifully and has very consistent color and grain pattern.
Red Oak: Tough as nails, with a beautiful, consistent grain pattern and color.
Other materials are available upon request.
Stall bars are covered by a three year warranty. All other products are covered for one year. For more information, click the link below to download the full warranty and terms & conditions.