Solihull-based business, The Active Hands Company, is to launch its limb difference gripping aid, which has recently completed trials, at Rehacare in Düsseldorf next month.
This 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.
The limb difference gripping aid is aimed at those who have some or all of their fingers, or parts of their hand, missing.
It consists of a strap that secures around the wrist with Velcro, a palm strap that holds the item and a larger strap that goes over the back of the hand to secure the user’s grip.
The gripping aid is both kind to the skin and made to last. Built from tough webbing and comfortable but durable neoprene (wet suit material) it’s designed to withstand regular use, even for strenuous activities.
The limb difference aid removes the need for specialist or adapted equipment, the company says. With no need to use a prosthetic or to adapt all of the user’s equipment, users can easily access, for example, a high street gym and use all of their standard equipment. The gripping aid claims to be ideal for workouts but can also be used to grip DIY equipment, kitchen implements or gardening tools.
The Active Hands Company was born out of Rob Smith’s frustration at his own poor hand function and strength, following his spinal cord injury in 1996. Active Hands sells gripping aids and other useful products all over the world.
It has enabled a wide range of people to lead active and independent lives and to access activities that without our gripping aids would be impossible. Its gripping aids have helped those with spinal cord injuries, cerebral palsy, MS, stroke survivors and many other disabilities.