Building strength for the upper extremity, including the wrist and hand, is important to be able to carry out everyday activities. CanDo® Twist-n-Bend Exercisers are a great option to help address specific impairments and functional limitations, as well as achieving desired goals. There are many products available, but the CanDo® Twist n’ Bend® Exercisers can offer so much more.
What are CanDo® Twist-n-Bend Exercisers?
The CanDo® flexible hand bar exerciser is a lightweight, portable exerciser designed to strengthen muscles in the hand, wrist, and shoulder. Also promotes coordination and increases range-of-motion. The bar is a perfect size for twisting and bending it. Perform oscillation movements for neuromuscular and balance training. Use for soft tissue and joint mobilization. The 12-inch-long rubber bar utilizes the same graduated progressive color code as other CanDo® products (tan – xx-light, yellow – x-light, red – light, green – medium, blue – firm, and black – x-firm). Consistent bar diameter and length throughout resistances means you use the same muscles with each resistance.
What else can CanDo® Twist-n-Bend Exercisers do? Aside from wrist and hand strengthening, these products can offer so much more to help enhance an exercise prescription. The CanDo® Twist-n-Bend Exercisers can be used to improve stabilization of a given joint including the glenohumeral joint and shoulder girdle complex. For example, the patient can shake the product, while keeping their joint in one position.
Also, this can be turned into a more dynamic exercise incorporating diagonal proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation patterns. Using the CanDo® Twist n’ Bend® Exercisers this item can also help with postural control and postural reeducation.
CanDo® Twist n’ Bend® Exercises are also helpful for self-mobilization exercises to improve range of motion, flexibility, and postural reeducation.
These products can be used for the lower extremity as well:
These types of exercises can help promote more stability utilizing rhythmic stabilization. We need to challenge muscles and joints with lots of different input. Doing this can help enhance motor control and minimize the risk of injury. As you can see, the CanDo® Bend n’ Twist® Exercisers can be utilized in many ways to help patients achieve their respective goals.
Before participating in any exercise or activity, please consult with your healthcare professional.
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Article Written By Eric Trauber, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, FAAOMPT