Life Hacks for Prosthetic Hand Users
Whether you are a new prosthesis user or have been using it for quite some time, you may find it challenging sometimes. It can be something simple like holding objects like a fork or doing tasks around the home. Everyday tasks can feel overwhelming at times and will require a novel approach.
Before and after being fitted to a prosthesis, you must regain strength in the amputated limb. It includes physiotherapeutic training that helps you learn how to use separate muscles in the residual limb, so you can easily use the bionic prosthesis. Amputees can also do other exercises that differ depending on individual needs and possibilities. You have to find pieces of training that are the best for you. No matter what kind of exercises you choose to do, remember to follow the directions of your care team.
The best way to overcome difficulties is to speak to your prosthetist and therapist about the best way to accomplish your goals. Follow their guidance and your therapy plan. It will help you to get rid of old habits you once had so you can learn new habits and behaviors. In particular, when it comes to holding objects, it is common to carry an item under the armpit of the other side. Learning which grip pattern is best for holding particular objects will decrease this need and allow you to use your bionic hand.
How to “freeze” your prosthesis
The Zeus bionic prosthesis allows you to hold heavy and fragile objects without the need to worry about these objects dropping. Luckily, Zeus has a mechanism that can lock your prosthesis in a selected position while holding an item, ensuring it will not suddenly drop. Muscle signals control this mechanism. Therefore you will be in control of when the hand freezes and unfreezes.
How to hold a fork
Each grip design enables grasping everyday objects such as a cup, bag, or computer mouse. These individual grip patterns allow you to hold various items easier. Allowing you to choose a grip for large items vs. smaller items will give you more control over what you are clutching. For instance, holding a fork is not easy but doable. To do so, place the utensil at an angle between your third and fourth fingers and close your hand in a power grip.
How to hold an egg
The precision open grip is devoted to picking up small delicate objects. It comes in handy when you want to grab an egg. Thanks to advanced sensors, the hand optimizes the force applied to the item you hold. So you do not have to worry about smashing the egg.
Cleaning usually means scrubbing. Whether you want to clean the stove, the kitchen countertop, the floor, or other surfaces, the Power Grip is especially useful in this situation. It allows you to comfortably grab a sponge or scrub brush and start cleaning. Remember not to immerse the prosthesis.
Loading and unloading the dishwasher
Doing dishes can be a problem, especially if you have a prosthesis. If you do not own a dishwasher, you either have to wash them with your non-prosthetic side or ask someone to help you, but if you own a dishwasher your life is less complicated. You can use a tripod grip to load and unload the dishwasher. Before you grab any dishes, check to make sure they are not slippery so you do not drop them on the floor.