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Thursday, November 21, 2013


Hand & Wrist Exercise & Handmaster Plus

I have been asked to post a brief history as to why I developed Handmaster Plus hand and wrist exercise. Here it is:

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Hand & Wrist Exercise & Handmaster Plus. Why?

There is much misinformation and misunderstanding regarding hand muscles and proper balanced hand and finger exercise. To follow is a summary why we have spent the last 13 years researching and developing Handmaster Plus so that proper hand exercise principles can be followed and understood easily. Poor hand exercise and repetitive stress/grip injury (RSI) have been at the root cause of finger, thumb, hand, wrist, carpal tunnel, forearm and elbow imbalance conditions and poor performance for decades - and is especially the case in our current computer, smartphone and video game crazed society.

Here is a recap of hand muscles, Handmaster Plus and balanced hand exercise applications.

The 9 muscles that close the hand are located generally on the front of the hand, wrist, forearm and elbow. Equally, the 9 muscles that open the hand are generally located on the back of the hand, wrist, forearm and elbow. Most people have very strong shortened closing (grip) muscles, due to repetitive gripping, but very weak hand opening muscles. This imbalance threatens the health and stability of the lower arm and hand. Due to the diversity of the hand muscles, in order to have strong, healthy fingers, thumbs, hand, wrist, carpal tunnel, forearm and elbow, the muscles that open and close the hand must be in balance

Handmaster Plus™ is unique in its ability to exercise the hand through full, natural planes and ranges of motion, through both the opening and closing actions. It strengthens and balances all 18 hand muscles in one simple continuous exercise. So Simple. No mess. Nothing to misunderstand. USERS WILL COMPLY! 

In practise, when I used to use multiple exercises, multiple balls and elastic bands and putty, very few patients ever followed through consistently. It was just too confusing and really did not properly address true planes and ranges of motion ROM.

Other hand exercise products dictate how and where the hand must move in an exercise, often only in 2-dimensions and not nearly through the full range of motion (ROM’s). Not Handmaster Plus™… It allows the natural 3-dimensional motion of the hand to dictate the motion of the exercise. The result is optimal muscle strength, balance and flexibility, as well as comprehensive nerve stimulation and maximum blood flow and venous/lymphatic drainage to and away from all of the tissues.

Compare the Handmaster Plus™ to other products and consider:

1.Is the hand moving through all ranges of motion, both opening & closing?
2.Is the hand moving naturally, in 3 dimensions?
3.Are all peripheral nerves to the hand being stimulated (median, ulnar & radial nerves)?

The Handmaster Plus™ is an all-around finger, thumb, hand, wrist, carpal tunnel, forearm & elbow training, rehabilitation and injury prevention solution.

The product is designed by Dr. Terry P. Zachary, a health care professional and former professional golfer. 

“I originally designed the product to train finger and thumb extension and abduction for performance enhancement and injury prevention,” says Dr. Zachary. “It worked out as well as I could have imagined. As I used it in practice, it also became my perfect final phase protocol for most finger, thumb, hand, wrist, carpal tunnel, forearm and elbow conditions.”

“Explain the desired exercise to your patient or athlete and send them on their way. It is so easy to understand and use. Daily use of Handmaster Plus will improve their muscle strength, balance and stability, as well as improve blood flow and lymph drainage to all tissues and joint surfaces in the area. This will re-establish the efficient supply of oxygen and nutrients and improve the transport of toxins away from the tissues. Ultimately, the tissues are brought to an optimal state and the risk of reoccurring injury, adhesions and scar formation is greatly reduced. The key to the success of the product is how the body naturally reacts to daily, balanced exercise through full, natural, 3-dimensional planes of motion. The user just opens and closes their hand. So simple.”

Now Handmaster Plus is changing the way people exercise and rehabilitate their hands worldwide.

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