Commonly, clinicians will prescribe wrist and hand exercises that primarily focus on hand flexion. While this is important for performing activities of daily living, we cannot forget about hand extension. Strengthening hand extensors is important to prevent imbalance of antagonist musculature but allow individuals to utilize those muscles in essential daily tasks including the ability to open one’s hand. There are many great ways to help strengthen hand extensors.
CanDo® Digi-Extend Hand Exercisers
A unique device that isolates the extension of all five fingers and each of the individual finger joints. Using resistive bands, the unit develops each finger individually or the entire hand. Units come complete with resistance bands of four different levels. Not only for fingers, the Digi-Extend® also builds hand and forearm strength to aid in the rehabilitation of carpal tunnel, arthritis, stroke, fractures, tendon injuries, nerve lacerations and tennis elbow.
CanDo Digi-Extend n’ Squeeze Hand Exercisers
CanDo® Digi-Extend n’ Squeeze® Hand Exerciser combines best features of Digi-Extend® and Digi-Squeeze®. It helps to develop isolated finger strength, flexibility, and coordination. Provides complete reciprocal exercise program (flexion and extension). Ergonomic ball-shape positions fingers and hand for ideal pressure distribution. Each exercise comes with exercise pamphlet. CanDo® Digi-Extend n’ Squeeze® available in 3 sizes. Each size available in 5 color-coded resistance levels for flexion. Each unit is packaged standard with latex free extension bands covering 4 color-coded levels from the lightest to heaviest extension requirements.
CanDo® Web Hand Exercisers
CanDo® hand therapy exercise web is used in hand therapy for flexion, extension, opposition, and supination exercises. Resistance may be modified by adjusting the hand position, depth of finger insertion, or by moving to a different resistance (color) web. The CanDo® exercise web is available in both the standard 14-inch diameter size and the small 7-inch diameter size in both low-powder and no-latex formulations. Two special multi-resistance webs are available in only the 14-inch diameter low-powder formulation.
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Article Written By Eric Trauber, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, FAAOMPT