Limb Difference Aid
Durable and versatile
The Limb Difference gripping aid is designed for users who have a limb difference affecting their
hands or fingers. This may include those with dysmelia (conditions from birth), or those who have sustained a limb difference through amputation, injury or illness later in life. Our Limb Difference gripping aid is perfect for those who have some or all of their fingers, or parts of their hand, missing. As long as you have at least some widening at your wrist our grip should work for you (A wider section of the wrist is required as an anchor point to transfer the pulling force to, when using the gripping aids).
The Limb difference aid can be used for a wide variety of activities such as accessing equipment in the gym, kitchen or garden, holding the handlebars of a bike or for rowing or kayaking. They are strong enough to be used for weight lifting.
“The aid has provided me with additional confidence when using new pieces of equipment requiring two hands. I now have a larger variety of machines I can use at the gym. Having a choice makes all the difference when you’re bored of the same gym routine because it’s your only option.”
How they work
The Limb Difference aid has a double-strap system, once the wrist section is done up you fix the item you wish to hold in your palm using the inner velcro strap. When this is done you can hold the item firmly in place using the longer strap that comes over the back of your hand, through the buckle and back over the object.
Will they work for me?
There are three sizes of Limb Difference aid, you need to select the one that best matches your wrist and hand size. See our size guide (in tab above) to find out which size is best for you.
If you have most of your fingers you may find that our General Purpose gripping aid would suit you better. As with all of our gripping aids, if you try one and it doesn’t work for you or is the wrong size we are happy to exchange it (provided the returned aid is still in a saleable condition).
The limb difference aids are available in left or right and you will need to purchase the correct aid or it will not comfortably fit your wrist/hand.
Instructions showing how to put on your Limb Difference aid can be found here.
Made of Strong Stuff
Active Hands aids are both kind to the skin and made to last. 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 – make sure you do the velcro up first!
***Please note that although Rob (in the video above) is demonstrating how to put on the Limb Difference aid, it would not be the right aid for him – he uses the General Purpose gripping aid as he has a full hand.***
Size Guide for Limb Difference aid
A = circumference of narrowest part of wrist
|Small:||120mm – 155mm||4.7″-6.1″|
|Standard:||135mm – 170mm||5.3″-6.7″|
|Large:||150mm – 220mm||5.9″-8.7″|
(n.b. measurements are approximate)
Our wrist size guide will give you the best fit for your wrist but there is some overlap in the sizing. The hand straps do increase in length as the wrist size increases, so if you have a small hand part then you may wish to try a smaller size.
Will a Limb Difference Aid work for me?
To help you to decide if the Limb Difference aid is suitable for you here are some hand-types that can benefit from the aid:
If you have a wrist section like this the aid may work for you, as long as there is enough wrist to pull against:
If you have a hand like this you will probably find that our General Purpose gripping aid would work better for you:
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
|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|