What Hand Strength Reveals About Your Health

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12-0080A report found in OnHealth, a supplemental publication for Consumer Report, more than 30 studies over three decades found a link between weak grip among middle-aged or older adults and future disability or premature death. According to an article in the Columbia Tribune, a number of factors can attribute to a weaker-than-average grip:

  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Muscular atrophy
  • Osteoarthritis

A weak grip can have direct consequences on a person’s health. Imagine, for example, you have a relative who is diabetic. While testing their blood sugar, they are unable to squeeze enough blood out of their finger to get an accurate testing. Because they cannot get an accurate reading, they may give themselves too much or too little insulin. A weak hand grip can limit a person’s ability to live independently.

How do you know if you have a weak grip strength? If you suspect you may have a weak grip strength, you should see a hand therapist or occupational therapist. They will then use tools, many of which are by Fabrication Enterprises, to test and evaluate your grip strength. The tools may include:

Dynamometers – dynamometers are used to measure total hand strength. The therapist can use these to test grip strength, prehension, and the person’s ability to grasp things with their fingers.

Pinch gauges – a pinch gauge is used to record three different kinds of tests: palmar, pinch, and tip tests.

After the testing is complete, the therapist will compare your results to what is considered normal within your age group. A person who falls below average for their age group may need additional testing to diagnose conditions, such as osteoarthritis, atrophy, or nutritional deficiencies.

If your hand grip is lower than normal, a therapist may recommend rehabilitative therapy or the use of some tools that developed by Fabrication Enterprises:

Digi-Flex hand exerciser – the Digi-Flex hand exerciser is designed to develop isolated finger strength, flexibility, and coordination. It helps develop hand strength and is available in a number of resistance levels. As your hand strength improves, you will need a different exerciser. The Digi-Flex is one of a whole family of products designed to help increase hand strength.

TheraPutty – TheraPutty hand exercise material is made from a silicone polymer and is used to help build strength. TheraPutty and its companion product, Puttycise Tools, are used to generate specific exercises to help improve strength and simulate functional activities.

Good hand strength is essential for performing everyday activities and maintaining an independent lifestyle. If you’re interested in learning more about the products we have for evaluating, developing, and maintaining hand strength, visit www.Fab-Ent.com or email sales@fab-ent.com.