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What is PowerFingers?
PowerFingers allows you to effectively train the hand, wrist, forearm and elbow to improve strength and dexterity, and to both prevent and recover from injury.
Many sports like golf, archery, CrossFit, climbing, kettlebell sports, gymnastics, rowing etc all use the fingers to grip, squeeze or hold, and involve tendons and muscle groups right up and into the elbow and scapula. Grip strength is an important part of training. Athletes know that if you can’t hold, grip, crimp, squeeze, pinch, or lift with your hands, your training will be limited.
Imbalance in the arm muscles can also lead to injuries such as elbow tendonitis, carpal tunnel and repetitive strain issues. PowerFingers can help by reducing pain and in some instances, eradicating these conditions.
PowerFingers brings the muscles of the forearm back into balance by strengthening the extensors of the wrist and forearm, as well as improving grip strength and mobility in this area.
This patented product is latex free and is crafted from carefully selected silicone and moulded into a circular shape. PowerFingers comes in a clamshell case of 5 colours, increasing from white to dark purple in tandem with the tension and resistance strengths, increasing as you move from the lighter colours to the darker ones.
Why use PowerFingers?
Our hands are essential in so many everyday tasks and yet many of us lack strength in our wrists, or struggle with taking the lid off a new jar of jam, even gripping a heavy bag. Pilates and yoga classes are full of people who are not comfortable weight-bearing on their wrists.
PowerFingers allows you to effectively train the hand, wrist and forearm to improve strength and dexterity, and to both prevent and recover from injury. PowerFingers brings the muscles of the forearm back into balance by strengthen the extensors of the wrist as well as improving grip strength.
Equality of Muscle Strength and Muscle Length
Our bodies adapt to the environment we put them in / use them for. It is important to understand that performing any unidirectional movement pattern on a constant basis, whether static or repetitious in nature, can cause muscle imbalances throughout the entire upper extremity, affecting the fingers, hands, wrists, forearms, elbows, upper arms and shoulders, but these imbalances can be corrected with an appropriate training program. This applies to our whole body.
These activities could include playing an instrument such as the guitar or piano, typing on a keyboard, gaming or sports such as climbing, golf, archery, bowling etc.
The most effective treatment to eliminate muscle imbalance in the wrist and forearm is to stretch and lengthen the flexor muscles; and strengthen and shorten the extensor muscles, creating equality of length and strength of the muscles within and around the carpal tunnel. This in turn stabilizes the carpal bones in their proper position, keeping them from collapsing into the carpal tunnel. This is something PowerFingers are designed for.
Who uses PowerFingers?
PowerFingers has been developed to allow anyone to receive some benefit from its use.
Whether you are young or old, a professional or non professional athlete, suffering from arthritis, carpal tunnel, repetitive strain issues, or golfers/tennis elbow, PowerFingers can help. PowerFingers helps to build grip and wrist strength, improves finger speed and dexterity, which in turn will help prevent repetitive strain issues and injuries. If your sport involves grip or wrist strength then PowerFingers is an essential training tool.
PowerFingers is a fantastic training aid for many sports, including
- Climbing / Bouldering
Musicians, both professional and amateur can ensure their hands, fingers wrists and arms stay healthy, strong, flexible and responsive to their instrument.
Gamers and IT personnel who regularly use keyboards, and all of us who text and regularly use smart phones and tablets, can maintain healthy balanced muscles and joints in the hands, wrists and forearms with PowerFingers.
Older populations can benefit from Power Fingers training to improve grip strength, to increase mobility and to help issues such as arthritis, carpal tunnel and repetitive strain injuries.
Advantages of PowerFingers training include
- Strength building
- Finger Speed
- Injury Prevention
- Post Trauma structured rehabilitation program
Anyone can gain benefits from as little as 10 minutes a day.
Starting with PowerFingers
To begin, start by exercising with our lightest resistance ring and working your way up through the resistances based up your requirements. Some exercises will require only a light resistance, post injury others exercises such as wrist curls will require the use of all five resistances.
Most exercise programs will encourage you to work systematically upwards in resistance, you will develop greater strength, speed and dexterity in both the fingers and the hand.
Instructors at Live & Breathe Pilates can guide you through a program with an overview of progressions and exercises that might be suitable for a specific sports activity or condition.