We commonly will prescribe exercises using dumbbells to perform specific therapeutic exercises. However, sometimes patients are not able to use these products due to potential issues including pain with gripping, skin integrity, and other problems. What are some alternatives we can use to get the same desired therapeutic effect?
The Original the Cuff® Weight
Cuff weights can be used not just for the lower extremities, but the upper extremities as well!
The Cuff® Ankle and Wrist Weights are an ideal addition for physical therapy, running, walking, biking, cardio, aerobics, fitness training, yoga, Pilates, dance and so much more. Meant to be worn, the weights are portable and can be used during any type of workout. The Cuff lets you add resistance to standard exercises for deeper workouts that have more impact. These weights are a perfect addition for any rehabilitation routine because of their flexibility and adjustable design. Strong, durable hook and loop fasteners assure a secure and comfortable fit that won’t slip, allowing users to exercise in confidence. The weights contour around ankles, wrists and even thighs. Built to last, Cuff products are durable and made of easy to clean vinyl. Cuff offers 20 color-coded ankle and wrist weights ranging from 0.25 lbs. all the way up to 25 lbs., making them versatile for all strength levels.
But what if I don’t have a cuff weight either? There are other products that may be just right for you!
CanDo® SoftGrip® Hand Weight
Use the comfortable CanDo® SoftGrip® hand weights instead of dumbbells. The product was developed by a patient during a physical therapy session. She was having difficulty grasping the 2-pound dumbbell prescribed to her as her hand was too big. She wanted something that would conform to her grasp, be comfortable, and unintimidating. SoftGrip® hand weights are also great for light workouts and for patients with arthritis.
Vinyl coated, color-coded cast iron kettlebells are ideal for rehabilitation, strength training and toning. Each kettlebell has vibrant colors making it easy to identify weights. The coating on the weights reduces the potential for floor scratching.
There are many products that can be used to perform or prescribe upper extremity exercises. At the end of the day, you need to find what products work best for you and for your clients.
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Article Written By Eric Trauber, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, FAAOMPT