Active Hands – Frustrated By The Limitations Caused By Weak Grip Or Poor Hand Function?


Active Hands – Frustrated By The Limitations Caused By Weak Grip Or Poor Hand Function?

Active Hands make gripping aids that gently, yet firmly hold your hand into a gripping shape enabling you to hold tightly onto objects from hammers to garden tools; gym equipment to wii controllers; ski-outriggers to boat tillers; adaptive bike handles to musical instruments; and many more. Their gripping aids are designed so that the user can put them on independently. Their Small Item gripping aid is great for holding smaller items such as make-up brushes, personal care items, cutlery, pens and paintbrushes.

Their gripping aids are ideal for tetraplegic/quadriplegics, those with Cerebral Palsy, stroke recovery or any disability that affects hand function. Some of their products are also suitable for those with limb difference.

Active Hands can give you more freedom – take a look at their Uses section to give you more ideas on how you can increase your independence using their gripping products.

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Small Item Gripping Aid




The Small Item gripping aid is a new and exciting gripping aid from Active Hands. This aid allows you to hold small diameter items such as make-up, bathroom, art and office products.








Unlike other products on the market, this gripping aid is unique in that it allows you to hold items at any angle you want. Want to paint on an easel? Apply mascara? Play the drums? Position the palm pad at the perfect angle to do any of these things and many more.









A two-part system, consisting of a neoprene glove and a velcro-on palm pad, allows you to swap between palm pads quickly. (The Small Item gripping aid comes with one glove component and one palm pad. Additional palm pad twin-packs are available). Why not have a set in the bathroom with razor, toothbrush and hairbrush? Or a set for your make-up brushes? Or load up different brushes ready for painting?





The glove is made from comfortable neoprene, which fits around the hand and wrist and is secured using two Velcro straps. As with all Active Hands products, the straps can be tightened using plastic rings, even with little or no finger strength. The palm pad is a velcro-backed square with a plastic clamp attached. This clamp is used to hold the item in place and is closed by pulling two ribbon loops. The palm pad then velcros to the glove and you are ready to go.







Active Hands can give you more freedom – take a look at their Uses section to give you more ideas on how you can increase your independence using their gripping products.

The Active Hands Story

Their mission is to help people achieve more active and inclusive lives – giving them independent access to a variety of activities that would be impossible without Active Hands gripping aids.

Rob Smith –  “Hi, myRob Smith Director Active Hands Gripping Aid name is Rob Smith. I am a Director of the Active Hands Company and the designer of our gripping aids. In 1996 I was a twenty year old student studying Mechanical Engineering at Warwick University. During a holiday with friends I fell down a cliff and suffered a high-level spinal cord injury which left me with partial paralysis in all four limbs. After spending nine months in a Salisbury spinal rehabilitation unit I was able to return to University as a disabled student to complete my degree course.

My injury was an incomplete injury (the spinal cord was not completely severed) so I am able to stand and to walk very short distances using crutches, however, I use a wheelchair for many day-to-day activities. It was hard to come to terms with the restricted movement in my lower body but I began to realise that it was actually the frustration of having very poor function and strength in my hands that restricted my life much more. Although I was able to find suitable equipment to overcome my mobility issue, I just could not find anything that enabled me to overcome my grip problems. Activities that were easy before my injury were now completely unavailable to me as my hand function would not allow me to do them. It was at this point that I began designing gripping aids to enable me to grasp hold of my independence again.  I began working with my mum on her sewing machine to try and solve some of these gripping issues. After a number of prototypes and some experimentation and testing with different methods, materials and designs we came up with the basic designs which have developed into the core of the Active Hands Gripping aids we sell today.

Rob Smith Active Hands General Purpose Gripping Aid Weight Gym The products were initially designed for my personal use but some of the people that I played wheelchair rugby with saw me using them in the gym and showed an interest in obtaining a pair. At this point we realised that we had the potential to help more people with hand function disabilities and we decided to set up the Active Hands Company. Our General Purpose gripping aid was our first product. It is the most versatile of our products and can be used for gripping objects in the gym; outdoors, such as for kayaking or biking; in the house (for cleaning and doing DIY); in the garden and kitchen; and for activities such as snooker. New uses for our gripping aids are being discovered all the time.

As time went on we developed new products and gained knowledge of other disability groups who could also benefit from our gripping products.  In 2008 Active Hands became a Limited Company and we now sell direct to end users all over the world via our website and through resellers in other countries all around the world. We are now the go-to place for hand-related products.

We are still a family owned and run business and we pride ourselves in the quality of our products, our knowledge of the issues faced by those with grip problems and our customer service.Rob Smith Director Active Hands Wheelchair Racer Active Hands General Purpose Gripping Aids

Personally I have been involved in disability sport for many years including playing at a high level in wheelchair rugby and now as a team GB T52 Wheelchair racer. We understand the training and levels to which our products need to perform to enable users to push themselves to the limit to achieve these levels of performance.

Our mission is to reach and help more and more people with hand function disabilities to enable them to take part in numerous activities as independently as possible. We pride ourselves in working with those with hand functions across a wide spectrum of disabilities and activity levels from Paralympic gold medal winners to leisure gardeners and from injured military personnel to small children. We know from our own experience how frustrating a lack of hand function can be. Hopefully with Active Hands helping you, you can overcome many of those frustrations enabling you to do activities that you previously thought were impossible. Who knows what you could achieve…”

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