Durable and versatile
General Purpose gripping aids are essential for a wide range of tasks – at home, in the gym or out and about. Whether you’ve had a stroke, suffered a spinal injury or have any condition which reduces your hand function, our aids could unlock any number of activities for you:
- Working out in the gym (e.g. holding free weights, using a rowing machine)
- DIY at home (using a saw or hammer)
- Holding a pool or snooker cue
- Rowing or Kayaking
- Holding a glass or bottle
“My Aid is still being used daily, at 5 years running, by me and I’m still putting it thru hell. Still using it for shoveling snow, gas weed whipping, and even chain sawing (though very carefully), it’s smudged and sometimes is dirty, but it still keeps going. Hope to hear from you soon and thank you for the best products.”
How they work
General Purpose gripping aids function by the tightening of a strap in the upper section, which gently pulls the hand into a fist shape, adjusting to hold items in the palm. The wrist strap is also adjustable and the aid is padded to reduce chafing. Our video contains instructions on how to put the aids on, or you can download our General Purpose instructions.
Which size should I buy?
Most adults find that our ‘Standard’ size fits them. However, General Purpose gripping aids are also available in ‘Small’ (for adults with especially petite hands and children aged over five) and ‘Large’ sizes. For children aged under 5 please see our General Purpose ‘Mini‘ size. See the size guide tab above to find out which size is best for you.
If you have missing fingers or hand parts then please take a look at our Limb Difference aid as the General Purpose may not be suitable for you.
Made of Strong Stuff
Active Hands aids are both kind to the skin and made to last. The aids are built from tough webbing and comfortable but durable neoprene (wet suit material). They’re designed to withstand regular use, even for strenuous activities. All aids are machine washable.
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Use this size guide to find out which General Purpose or Mini gripping aid will best fit your hand and wrist.
A = circumference of narrowest part of wrist
B = length from crease line (where hand joins wrist) to tip of middle finger
|120mm – 140mm||135mm – 150mm||145mm – 185mm||180mm – 220mm|
B: Wrist to Middle Finger
|120mm – 140mm||135mm – 175mm||175mm – 210mm||195mm – 280mm|
(n.b. measurements are approximate)
Rough size guide by age:
|Children up to age 5||Over 5s and petite adults||Adults||Those with larger hands|
If you have specific requirements which are not met by any of our sizes, we may be able to manufacture a bespoke aid to suit your needs.
Best gripping aid for me?
Active Hands now sells a wide range of gripping aids for a wide variety of activities. To help you decide which gripping aid is right for you, please read the guide below.
At a glance…
|How does your disability|
|What do you want|
|Which aid is right for you?|
|Reduced hand function / Poor finger strength|
Tremors or involuntary movement
(This may include people with
Spinal Cord Injury, MS, cerebral palsy,
Guillan-Barré Syndrome, muscular dystrophy,
spina bifia, stroke survivors and other
|Gym Equipment||General Purpose gripping aids|
D-ring gripping aid
Looped exercise aid
Gym pack/Gym pack deluxe
|DIY tools||General Purpose gripping aid|
|Kitchen implements||General Purpose gripping aid|
|Sports equipment; rowing, kayaking etc||General Purpose gripping aid|
Looped Exercise aid
|Gardening tools||General Purpose gripping aid|
|Winter sports equipment such as adaptive skiing||Winter Sports aid|
|Small diameter item: pen, make-up, toothbrush||Small Item gripping aid|
|Adaptive tricycle/children’s walking frame||General Purpose Mini aid (for children under 5) or General Purpose gripping aid|
|Missing fingers Missing parts of hands|
This may include people with dysmelia (conditions from birth), or amputation, illness or injury later in life.
|Gym equipment||Limb Difference gripping aid|
D-ring gripping aid
Looped exercise aid
|DIY tools||Limb Difference gripping aid|
|Kitchen implements||Limb Difference gripping aid|
|Sports equipment; rowing, kayaking etc||Limb Difference gripping aid|
|Gardening tools||Limb Difference gripping aid|