The Active Hands Company is the go-to place for people with hand function disabilities. Born out of Rob Smiths frustration at his own poor hand function and strength, following his spinal cord injury in 1996, Active Hands sells gripping aids and other handy 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. Our gripping aids have helped those with spinal cord injuries, cerebral palsy, MS, stroke survivors and many other disabilities. From Paralympians and injured military personnel, to leisure users and children; Active Hands has made a huge difference to the lives of many.
Alongside our gripping aids, we run a bespoke design service and it was through this that several customers contacted us with limb difference. As our general purpose aids work by pulling fingers onto the item to hold it, those without fingers found this didnt work effectively enough for them. After working closely with them, we knew that our new aid would be of benefit to a wider audience. So, following careful consideration and trials by an excellent team of testers, we are excited to launch our new Limb Difference gripping aid.
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. 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 in order to transfer the pulling force when using the gripping aids to an anchor point around your wrist, our grip should work for you.
The Limb Difference gripping aid can be used for a wide range of activities. Sarah Baptist is an occupational therapist with a hand disability. This is how the limb difference aid has made an impact on her gym workout: “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 youre bored of the same gym routine because its your only option.”
Rufus is a 9-year-old boy with a limb difference that means he is missing all fingers on his right hand. Like most 9-year old boys Rufus wanted to be able to ride his bike, but he was unable to hold onto the handlebars. We asked him what difference the Limb Difference aid made to him:“This aid gave me confidence when riding my bike, it let me hold the handlebars with both hands at the correct length.”
The limb difference aid 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 your 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) its designed to withstand regular use, even for strenuous activities.
The limb difference aid removes the need for specialist or adapted equipment. With no need to use a prosthetic or to adapt all of the equipment you wish to use, you can easily access, for example, a high street gym and use all of their standard equipment. Our gripping aid is ideal for workouts (and with that in mind, is fully machine washable), but can also be used to grip DIY equipment, kitchen implements or gardening tools.
If limb difference is holding you back from an active and independent lifestyle, take a look at our new Limb Difference gripping aid and let us help you to get a grip.