Hand-related conditions are a very common phenomenon for people of all ages and occupation. Specifically, arthritis, carpal tunnel and cubital tunnel syndrome are three of the most common hand conditions appearing to a person at least once in their lifetime. They are not only an outcome of ageing but also an outcome of daily, repetitive hand-moves which at some point affect the nerves and joints. Also, some people might suffer from these conditions chronically, which makes it necessary for them to attend physiotherapy programs. Although, it is important to acknowledge the benefits of cost-effective home treatments which people can perform long-term, in order to provide sustainable pain relief.
Following we present four tools to get you through hand conditions and relief pain effectively!
Theraband Hand Exercisers
The Theraband Hand Exercisers are polymer-based ball-shaped exercisers, that assist in hand rehabilitation and strengthening. Specifically, they are designed to strengthen the hands, wrists, and forearms. They can be stretched, squeezed, and pinched while maintaining their shape to strengthen grip, increase dexterity, and improve mobility.
Training with Theraband Hand Exercisers is beneficial for people who suffer from arthritis, overuse injury or engage in activities that require extensive use of the hands, wrists, and forearms. They’re recommended for arthritis, repetitive stress injury, stress reduction, stroke recovery and general strengthening. For individuals that suffer from arthritis or overuse injuries, it is recommended to heat or freeze the exercise ball for hot or cold therapy respectively.
Theraband Hand Exercisers€20.50
Theraband Hand Xtrainers
Theraband Hand Xtrainers have built-in recovery for optimal form and uninterrupted repetitions, which makes them the ideal hand therapy tool for the forearm, wrist, hand, and fingers. It is suitable for people who are performing strength training or recovering from surgery or injury and is perfect for rehabilitation, physical therapy and conditioning.
The Xtrainers can be used to perform stretching, pinching and squeezing exercises easily with finger-holes designed to find the most comfortable positioning. Moreover, they can be cooled in a refrigerator or heated in a microwave for therapeutic hot and cold therapy. Using cold therapy while exercising soothes inflammation in muscles, whereas heat therapy relaxes the muscles and opens up blood flow.
Theraband Hand Xtrainer€14.70
Theraband Massage Balls
The Theraband Massage Balls are spiky, burling balls suitable for performing a form of hand self-massage therapy. These spiky massage balls foster the blood circulation and are able to reduce pain levels and improve range of motion. A simple way to use the massage ball is to place it on a solid surface – such as a desk – place the injured hand on the spikes and start rolling by targeting the specific affected area.
The balls have a good and firm grip an have a long lifespan. They are available in four diameters – 6, 8, 9 and 10 cm – each one suitable for different types of injuries and conditions.
Theraband Massage Balls€7.60 – €14.30
Biofreeze Pain Reliever
After each exercise with the three previous tools, it is highly recommended to apply Biofreeze on the affected area. Biofreeze is a topical analgesic which relieves pain effectively based on the beneficial properties of cryotherapy. Thanks to its menthol-based formula, Biofreeze stimulates cold receptors that create a cooling sensation on and under the skin and block the pain signal, resulting in powerful pain relief. Also, as the only topical analgesic with ILEX herbal extract which delays the vaporization of menthol, makes Biofreeze a long-lasting pain reliever that accelerates the basic healing process.
Biofreeze is available in pharmacies all over Cyprus in three forms Gel (118ml), Roll-on (89ml) and Spray (118ml).
For, hand-related conditions are more suitable the Biofreeze Gel which allows massaging the affected area with the hand while applying it, or the Biofreeze Roll-on which allows a hands-free application and massaging the affected area with the roller ball in order to stimulate trigger points on the affected area.