Use of low-tech tools and devices in Hand Therapy : The Hand and Fingers

New Zealand

Occupational therapists who work with patients with upper limb conditions often forget that the basis of occupational therapy is activity participation, which means that they frequently relapse and just give patient exercises to do. This is particularly sad, as it means that patients never receive the benefits of a well-chosen activity which engages the patient with all the additional benefits that come with this. These therapists find the use of activity a huge challenge and have the mistaken impression that they require lots of expensive tools and equipment.

This presentation will be divided into two parts – the first part will demonstrate how easy-to-find everyday objects can be used to treat a variety of hand patients. The second part of the presentation will demonstrate how a number of these tools can be manufactured by the therapist, using inexpensive objects. 

The presentation will not only be of benefit to those therapists who work in under-resourced settings, but also those who are looking at different ways to engage their patients in their own rehabilitation. 


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