Hand therapy

Hand, as specialized organ, is responsible for many functions in our body. It is a perfect organ – it can serve as a strong tool for pushing, lifting weights, wrestling, and, at the same time, perform very precise and complicated movements, such as sewing or writing. It is because of this broad specialization of the limbs that their capability decides about the level of functioning of every man. Development of cerebral cortex and a complicated nervous mechanism makes our hands and palms something exceptional and fascinating. Thanks to them we can initiate movement, control its duration and smoothly end it. The area of cerebral cortex responsible for the movements of the whole upper limb, especially the palm, thumb and fingers, occupies a surprisingly large area, compared to other body parts.

If we have capable hands we can perform most activities, as a result of which we are much more independent of other persons, even if we are wheelchair-bound. Not many people know that fitness of hands is important in development of speech. Stimulation of the palm directly stimulates the brain center responsible for palms and indirectly Broca’s area. This suggests that it is worth working on the feeling and fitness of hands whenever children have problems with speech. In addition, the palms hold receptors responsible for all body organs. Therefore palm fitness is of utmost importance in the functioning of the whole body.

WHAT IS THE HAND THERAPY USED FOR?

The hand therapy is aimed at stimulating the fitness of the so-called small motor skills, i.e. precise movements of the palm and fingers, and providing tactile sensations and cognition of different shapes and material textures, and acquiring the skills to differentiate them. But primarily this therapy aims to develop independence in performing basic daily life activities.

 

 

GOAL OF THE HAND THERAPY

1) supporting precise hand movements
2) improvement of grasping skills
3) developing the ability to focus and see
4) strengthening concentration
5) improvement of eye-hand coordination
6) crossing the middle of the body line

WHO IS THE HAND THERAPY FOR?

  • children unwilling to perform manual activities (painting, playing with Plasticine, putting together small items),
  • children having problems with learning to perform daily activities (getting dressed, tying up shoe laces, doing up buttons etc.),
  • patients with clearly reduced or increased muscle tone in the upper limb or shoulder girdle,
  • patients having problems with coordination of both hands during manipulation activities,
  • persons performing high-precision activities too slowly or too fast and carelessly,
  • persons who do not like to touch new and diversified textures,
  • persons who seek additional proprioceptive sensations and demand decisive and strong palm grip, e.g. they sit on their palms, claps their hands very hard on things, hit things with sharp and distinctive textures.

EFFECTS OF THE THERAPY

Thanks to carefully selected exercises and massages we increase:

  • motor fitness of the whole upper limb,
  • manipulative fitness of the palm,
  • grasping skills,
  • coordination between palms,
  • as a result of which we obtain high independence in performing daily activities.
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