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Strengthen Hand Health with the Egg-ceptional SISS...

Strengthen Hand Health with the Egg-ceptional SISSEL® Press Egg

Any injury related to the upper extremity can be life-altering for clients, trainers, physical therapists and anyone involved in the Pilates world.
The hand is very intricate in terms of muscles, ligaments and joints to the point that in the rehab world, there are certified hand therapists ( both in the OT and PT community) that treat hands and wrists specifically.

Injuries to the hand can be sustained from many different occurrences such as an accident, trauma, arthritis, trigger finger and overuse. It is important to differentiate whether the cause of the pain is coming from the hand or higher up in the chain ex: wrist (carpal tunnel) elbow (tennis/ golfer’s elbow), shoulder (impingement/ thoracic outlet syndrome) or neck (radicular pain) or a combination.

Therapeutic interventions can prevent someone from having to have a surgical procedure – it can help with acute or chronic pain, reduced neural pain/ referral pain, sensory re-education after a nerve injury or after surgery, a home exercise program for pain relief, mobility and strength. Some helpful treatments include soft tissue mobilization, joint mobility, nerve glide/ tendon slide and neuromotor re-education.

Not only can therapeutic modalities help with the aforementioned topics, but can also prepare an individual to return to function such as work, hobbies or sports.

The Press- Egg based on its shape is biomechanically advantageous and can be used for multiple applications to strengthen hand health.

Below are just some ways we recommend utilizing it. 

Strengthening: 

The egg provides resistance (different levels/ density from soft to x-strong) depending on where the client is starting from and can advance as they improve

Pain reduction:

Helping with sensory re-integration and desensitization when combined with above techniques or can be used to target adhesions for scar tissue reduction

Edema control:

The most effective way to move lymph and reduce swelling is through muscle contraction which can be attained with gentle squeezing/ pumping action of the egg

Gabrielle Shrier (M.P.T., Master of Physical Therapy, B.S., Kinesiology, Balanced Body Educator) & Allyson Cabot (B.S.P.T., B.S. Physical Therapy, B.S., Kinesiology, Balanced Body Educator) are co-owners of Core Conditionings. Both worked to develop educational programs for health care professionals integrating Pilates and rehabilitation evolving into Educating Rehabilitation Professionals in various neuromuscular rehabilitative interventions including Redcord/ Neurac, CoreAlign and specialty workshops. Gabrielle has been practicing physical therapy since 1994 and Allyson has been practicing physical therapy since 1991.

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