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Apricus Health Hand Therapy Program Helping Seniors to Get a Grip

By Apricus Health

23rd March 2023

As we age, we may experience a decline in our hand strength and range of motion, or begin to experience pain, which can affect our ability to perform everyday tasks and activities that we enjoy. This can be frustrating and can impact our quality of life. That's where Apricus Health's 6-week Hand Therapy program comes in.

This program, called the Get a Grip Initiative, is run by our Occupational Therapists Hannah Anderson and Caleb Galea, with the aim of improving hand strength, range of motion, and pain relief in day-to-day tasks.

The program is designed to help seniors reduce hand pain without medication and improve their ability to carry out daily tasks such as opening jars, turning keys, and dressing. Our occupational therapists work with clients in their homes or in one of our clinic locations, depending on what is best suited. The therapist utilises a variety of treatment methods to help clients achieve their goals.

The first step of the program is goal setting. The occupational therapist works with the client to identify specific goals they would like to achieve during the program. 

Next, the therapist provides education about hand anatomy, the causes of hand pain and weakness, and strategies for managing hand pain. The therapist may also recommend modifications to the client's environment or activities to help reduce strain on the hands.

To help reduce pain and improve range of motion, the occupational therapist may use heat and soft tissue treatments such as massage. They may also prescribe equipment such as splints or braces to help support the hand and reduce pain.

The core of the initiative is an exercise program tailored to the client's needs and goals. The therapist will design a program that includes exercises to improve grip strength, range of motion, and dexterity. The program will be designed to be challenging but not overwhelming, and the therapist will provide ongoing support and encouragement to help the client achieve their goals.

Throughout the program, the occupational therapist will monitor progress and make adjustments as needed. At the end of the 6 weeks, the therapist will evaluate the client's progress and provide recommendations for ongoing hand therapy if needed.

To find out if this program is right for you or someone you care for, get in touch with our friendly team (07) 4755 2337