Strengthening

Strengthening programs are a routine aspect of a comprehensive treatment plan for most diagnostic groups seen at Hand Works. Strengthening may be targeted to a specific muscle group which was injured, or be a broader program applied to target multiple muscle groups or joints.

Hand Works use specific exercises and integrate these during the therapy process as appropriate. Your therapist may begin strengthening exercises early in your therapy process, or they may need to be commenced later in your rehabilitation cycle, depending on your diagnosis and progression. Concentric, eccentric, and isometric exercises may be prescribed to a patient during their recovery, and graded or adapted as needed following evaluation by the therapist. A multitude of tools may be used when developing a resistive exercise program, including specialised tools used only in treatment sessions, as well as objects such as free weights, theraband or tubing, resistive sponges, theraputty, hand grippers, power balls, hand bars, and slosh pipes, which we can provide patients with to use at home or work, as part of their home exercise program. Common everyday items that patients have at home can also be integrated into their exercise schedules, to allow easy access to materials and increase adherence to therapy schedules.

Research on proprioceptive rehabilitation is an emerging aspect in hand therapy in recent years, and Hand Works specifically integrate exercises which focus on proprioception rehabilitation when developing treatment plans. The overall aim of a strengthening program is to ensure that the patient reaches their pre-injury functional level to their best ability. Hand Works see patients from all walks of life and strengthening programs are developed to target their individual needs.Expertise