My journey as a long distance runner who started the sport later in life.
It’s about time I talked about my PT toys, since I have had most of them for a while and as of my 31st appointment I was encouraged to use them during PT as part of my rehabilitation program.
The surgeon told me that the three main stages of PT were: 1) passive ROM; 2) active ROM; and, 3) resistance. Toys have varying degrees of resistance, and though I am still in Stage 1 of PT, I do think a little light resistance might help some of my arm muscles to recuperate some function. Recall that they have been out of commission since January. I only hope that translates into the ability to perform more active ROM, especially with regards the the flexion of the IP joints of the ring and pinky fingers.
I have a red net for gripping and pulling (big red disc). I have a flexion/extension ball with yellow rings to fit over every finger (top left on the red net), I have smaller flexion balls of various levels of resistance (top right on the red net), I have button flexion toys of the two lowest resistances (only one shown, bottom right on the red net), and an elastic extension toy (bottom left on the red net). I also have therapeutic plasticine that I have yet to open (top right) and a strengthening bar (across the bottom). The one item that isn’t sold online is a bottle full of water that is of a diameter that is just beyond my ability to grasp because I am also trying my luck at proprioperception. I read about this somewhere and thought I would see if it helped. It will be interesting to see if the Canadian physiotherapy place has toys as a part of its program. I am ready to do self-care if they do!