Rehabilitation is important for many after surgery or injury but for those with a hand weakness or muscular disability it can be hard to get a grip on equipment vital for reconditioning the body.
One of our customers, Rebecca, undertook some rehab through the YMCA “Live Strong” programme for cancer survivors but could not grip onto the training equipment. Until her parents discovered Active Hands they had to put their hand over hers and hold her onto the equipment. Read more about Rebecca here. Many of our customers have said that they resorted to taping and bandaging hands to equipment before they discovered our product.
Our General Purpose gripping aids are a great place to start discovering Active Hands – the most versatile of our gripping aids, they allow your clients/patients to get a grip on a variety of rehab equipment such as:
- Pulley systems
- Gym equipment
- Exercise bikes
They can help with rehab for patients who have suffered:
- Spinal Injury
- Neurological injury affecting hands
- Cerebral Palsy
- Muscular surgery that affects hands and arms
- Any other illness that affects hands (see our FAQ page)
Our Limb Difference aid can be used in rehab for patients who have fingers or hand parts missing. They can be used for the same activities as the General Purpose aid and the double-strap design gives a firm hold on many items. The patient will require a wrist that is wide enough to keep the wrist strap in place.
The team at SCI Recovery Project based in Denver, Colorado use Active Hands General Purpose gripping aids with their clients. The Project works to rehabilitate people who have suffered spinal injuries. This video shows many of the ways our gripping aids can be used during rehabilitation.
“Active Hands gripping aids allow our clients to access gym equipment fully and maximize the benefits of our fitness program.”
George Whitten, Clinical Director SCI Recovery Project
Here are some reviews of our products by a customer and two health professionals who shared with us how our products benefit during physio and rehab:
“My story is as follows. After a bacterial infection, I developed a severe autoimmune response, leading to the breakdown of peripheral nerve endings (Acute Motoric Axonal Neuropathy with Guillain-Barré Syndrome). As a result, I became completely paralysed in arms and legs. After a period of 4 weeks in a hospital (one week in the ICU), I was transferred to a rehabilitation centre (“Adelante”, located in Hoensbroek, Netherlands). I resided there for nearly 8 months. I was released recently and I am currently going back for three days per week until (at least) the end of the year… I only have little power in my hand. In order to be able to train my arms, I use the Active Hands. They allow me to do fitness and to use a variety of therapeutic devices. I have been using the Active Hands for about 4 to 5 months now and I really would be limited dramatically in my therapy without them. At the rehabilitation centre, they only have one pair. Since I use them all the time, I decided to get my own pair.” Best regards, Rosier J.M. van den Munckhof
“Your product is absolutely amazing. We have tried other grip assists for our adult client with cerebral palsy but with limited success. The Active Hands holds the hands in place firmly and comfortably. We work in a long-term care facility and when the Rehab Therapy Support Worker at the hospital saw the product he wanted the contact information to purchase a pair for their department.”
Bev Forsey, Physiotherapist LTC/HC, Canada
“I bought the Active Hands gripping aids and have so loved them for my clients. I have decided to buy early Christmas presents for them. Diagnoses include stroke, head trama, Rett Syndrome, CP, arthrogryposis.”
Shirley D, Physical Therapist