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Handmaster Plus FAQ's

The responses to the following FAQ's are not intended in any way to replace the advice of a health care professional. IN ALL CASES, seek advice from a licensed health care professional before commencing use of the Handmaster Plus.

Does the Handmaster Plus improve grip strength?
Does the Handmaster Plus improve muscle balance and help prevent injury?
Does the Handmaster Plus improve circulation?
Does the Handmaster Plus fit various hand sizes?
Can the Handmaster Plus improve sports performance?
Can the Handmaster Plus improve musical performance?
Can the Handmaster Plus help carpal tunnel syndrome?
Can the Handmaster Plus help elbow tendonitis?
Can the Handmaster Plus help arthritis?
Can the Handmaster Plus help osteoporosis?
Can the Handmaster Plus aid stroke recovery?
Why does the Handmaster Plus come in different strengths?

Q. Does the Handmaster Plus improve grip strength?

Handmaster Plus provides a hand exercise that increases grip strength maximally as it strengthens all 18 of the hand muscles (9 close the hand, 9 open). University of Pittsburgh researcher, Zong-Ming Li, determined that maximum grip strength occurs in 35º of wrist extension, illustrating the important connection between extensor muscle strength and grip strength. Most hand exercise products resist only the 9 closing (flexor) muscles.

http://www.pitt.edu/~msrc/publications/2002/li_69.html

Q. Does the Handmaster Plus improve muscle balance and help prevent injury?

Handmaster Plus provides a hand exercise that strengthens the 9 muscles that close the hand as well as the 9 muscles that open the hand, resulting in maximum balance, circulation and nerve stimulation. The result is strong, balanced and elongated hand muscles and a reduced risk of hand, wrist and elbow injuries. Handmaster Plus has been referred to as "the Pilates of hand exercise."

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Q. Does the Handmaster Plus improve circulation?

Handmaster Plus provides a hand exercise that resists all 18 hand muscles, allowing the hand to move through full, natural ranges of motion (ROM's). Complete circulation is only attained when joints are exercised through full, natural 3D ROM's. Complete circulation ensures maximum oxygen and nutrient supply to joint surfaces and tissues. Does your hand exercise product resist through full, natural ROM's?

Q. Does the Handmaster Plus fit various hand sizes?

Yes. An extra cord is included with each product that is slightly smaller than the regular cord assembled. The extra cord accommodates smaller hand sizes and also allows the user to increase resistance, if necessary.

Q. Can the Handmaster Plus improve sports performance?

Can you think of any sport where muscle fitness is not a huge advantage? Why would any athlete choose to strengthen 9 of 18 hand muscles when given the option of conveniently strengthen all 18 of them? Weekend athletes and world-class athletes alike currently use the Handmaster Plus to ensure maximum strength, speed, stamina and range of motion (hand, wrist, forearm and elbow) AND to minimize the risk of repetitive gripping and repetitive motion injuries (repetitive stress/strain injuries).

Q. Can the Handmaster Plus improve musical performance?

Repetitive gripping and repetitive motions are common in all musical pursuits. When the 9 muscles that close the hand become dominant over the 9 muscles that open the hand, repetitive stress/strain injuries (RSI's) to the hand, wrist and elbow are common. Use of the Handmaster Plus ensures development of strong, balanced and elongated hand muscles. The result is maximum strength, speed and stamina for performance and optimum muscle balance and blood flow to reduce the risk of repetitive stress/strain injuries (RSI's).

Q. Can the Handmaster Plus help carpal tunnel syndrome?

When the 9 muscles that close the hand become dominant over the 9 muscles that open the hand, the structure of the carpal tunnel collapses. It is no wonder carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is common in all repetitive gripping and grasping activities. It is the most expensive repetitive stress/strain injury to industry. Handmaster Plus provides a hand exercise that strengthens and balances all 18 muscles of the hand resulting in a strong, stable carpal tunnel as well as brings maximum healing circulation to the tissues.

Q. Can the Handmaster Plus help elbow tendonitis?

Even health care professionals sometimes forget that hand muscles attach, in balance, on either side of the elbow. When the 9 muscles that close the hand become dominant over the 9 muscles that open the hand, the elbow itself becomes imbalanced. It is no wonder tennis elbow and golfer's elbow are prevalent in all repetitive gripping and grasping activities (repetitive stress/strain injuries). Handmaster Plus provides a hand exercise that strengthens and balances all 18 muscles of the hand ensuring optimal blood flow and muscle balance at the elbow.

Q. Can the Handmaster Plus help arthritis?

Handmaster Plus (soft) is an excellent choice for hand osteoarthritis. Complete circulation is stimulated only when joints exercises are exercised through full ranges of motion (ROM's). Complete circulation ensures maximum oxygen and nutrient supply to joint surfaces and tissues. Handmaster Plus provides a hand exercise that resists all 18 hand muscles, allowing the hand to move through full, natural ROM's. Does your hand exercise product resist through full, natural ROM's? Does your hand exercise product allow your hand to fully open and fully close?

Q. Can the Handmaster Plus help osteoporosis?

Handmaster Plus (soft) is an excellent choice in osteoporosis. Handmaster Plus provides a hand exercise that resists the action of the 9 muscles that close the hand as well as the 9 muscles that open the hand, resulting in maximum strength, circulation and nerve stimulation. The body absorbs and lays down bone most efficiently when challenged by complete resistance exercises. Does your hand exercise product allow your hand to fully open and fully close?

Q. Can the Handmaster Plus aid stroke recovery?

Handmaster Plus (soft) stimulates ALL of the peripheral nerves to the hand and, thus, is the leading hand exercise choice in stroke rehabilitation. Patients and therapists alike are afforded the freedom of unattended therapy (i.e. cords stabilize product to the patient's hand). Because hand motions continuously reverse (i.e. flexion/adduction followed by extension/abduction), Handmaster Plus is an excellent option to stimulate and re-train nervous system coordination in all upper extremity neuropathy treatment protocols.

Q. Why does the Handmaster Plus come in different strengths?

Handmaster Plus comes in soft strength, for general weakness and early stage therapy; medium strength, for late stage therapy, performance and wellness; and firm strength for late stage strengthening. Always consult a health care professional and read instructions before commencing use of any Handmaster Plus strength.