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Limb Difference Aid

Limb Difference Aid



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Durable and versatile

hands that the Limb Difference aid would suit - with Limb Difference affecting fingers or part of hand (amputee hands)

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 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).

Use your Limb Difference aid for a wide variety of activities including accessing equipment in the gym, kitchen or garden, holding the handlebars of a bike. 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.”
Sarah Baptist

How the Limb Difference aid Works

Limb Difference aid holding free weight.

The Limb Difference aid has a double-strap system. First, fasten the wrist section. Next, use the inner velcro strap to fix the item you wish to hold in your palm into place. Then, use the longer strap to hold it firmly in place. This longer strap 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 we are happy to exchange it (provided the returned aid is in a saleable condition).

The limb difference aids are available in left or right. 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

Lifting weights with a limb difference grpiping aid

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 (above) is demonstrating how to put on the Limb Difference aid, he cannot use it. He uses the General Purpose gripping aid as he has a full hand.***

Limb Difference Aid Size Guide

Use this size guide to find the right size limb difference aid for you.

size guide for D-ring, looped and hook aids. image showing "A" measurement is around wrist

A = circumference of narrowest part of wrist

A: Wrist Measurement

120mm – 155mm135mm – 170mm150mm – 220mm
4.7″ – 6.1″5.3″ – 6.7″5.9″ – 8.7″
A: Wrist Measurement

(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:

wrist with no hand limb difference
The Limb Difference aid needs a 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:

Which is the 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,

Active Hands have designed a wide range of gripping aids for a wide variety of activities. To help you decide which Active Hands gripping aid is right for you, please read the guide below.

We also stock a range of gripping products from other companies, please see our shop for the full range.

How Does Your Disability Affect 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 similar disabilities).

What do you want to grip?Which aid is right for you?
Gym EquipmentGeneral Purpose gripping aids
D-ring gripping aid
Looped exercise aid
Hook aids
Gym pack/Gym pack deluxe
DIY toolsGeneral Purpose gripping aid
Kitchen implementsGeneral Purpose gripping aid
Sports equipment; rowing, kayaking etcGeneral Purpose gripping aid
Looped Exercise aid
Hook aids
Gardening toolsGeneral Purpose gripping aid
Winter sports equipment such as adaptive skiingWinter Sports aid
Small diameter item: pen, make-up, toothbrushSmall Item gripping aid
Adaptive tricycle/children’s walking frameGeneral 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.

hands with limb difference effecting the hand or fingers
What do you want to grip?Which aid is right for you?
Gym equipmentLimb Difference gripping aid
D-ring gripping aid
Looped exercise aid
DIY toolsLimb Difference gripping aid
Kitchen implementsLimb Difference gripping aid
Sports equipment; rowing, kayaking etc.Limb Difference gripping aid
Gardening toolsLimb Difference gripping aid

If you would like more information on how our products can be used in different situations then please take a look at our How to… pages.

The Active Hands range of gripping aids has been specifically designed to suit the life you lead. If you require one of our regular gripping aids but with different measurements, upgraded components for lifting heavier weights or an adapted design we offer a bespoke service (additional cost involved).


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