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Many people suffer from hand tremors, which can hamper their daily activities. Activities like eating, drinking from a cup, or even writing can become uncomfortable, and in severe cases of essential tremor, people may need assistance. Since this ailment is untreatable, there are new treatments for essential tremors, and one of them is using assistive devices. One such assistive device is the Steadi-two hand glove.
In this blog post, we look at the difficulties people living with essential tremor face and how the Steadi-two glove can help them regain control of their daily activities.
Essential tremor (ET) is a neurological and common movement disorder that causes one's hands, head, trunk, voice, and legs to shake uncontrollably while standings till and during an action. It is often confused with Parkinson’s Disease.
Almost everyone has a small degree of tremor, but the movements are usually not discernable by the eyes because the tremor is so small. However, when the tremors are noticeable, they are classified as essential tremor. When severe, it can affect daily activities and make some tasks impossible.
An estimated ten million people in the United States suffer from essential tremor. It is common among older people 65 years upwards, but it can also affect people of other ages. At age 60, about 5% of people have ET to a degree, and by age 80, the percentage rises from 15% to 20%. There is no treatment for essential tremor, but the symptoms can be managed.
The following are some symptoms of essential tremor:
Usually, the first line of action in the treatment or management of hand tremors in essential tremor is either medication or surgery. Primary medications used are propranolol and primidone or botox injections. Surgical intervention typically comprises deep brain stimulation or focused ultrasound thalamotomy.
However, a new method came up, and that is assistive devices. They serve as a remedy that can help bridge the gap between uncomfortable symptoms patients suffer and their current therapies. It aims to reduce hand tremors in a safe environment. An occupational therapist may need to evaluate your needs and offer the best-tailored assistive device for your tremors.
Some examples of assistive devices that can help manage hand tremors include weighted wearables like the Readi-steadi, smart wearables like Steadi-Two, weighted utensils like Open Ease Automatic Jar Opener and NoCry Cut Resistant Gloves, and smart utensils like Liftware. These weighted and smart devices help make a variety of tasks easier to perform, like eating, writing, lifting things, dressing up, and cooking.
Assistive devices can also be alternative everyday items around us and don’t have to be complex devices. According to MedlinePlus.org, the following are some recommendations for people with tremor.
People with Essential Tremor struggle with shaky hands. This affects their daily activities like eating, drinking, dressing, writing, or even using a cell phone or a computer, as well as other activities in their personal and professional lives. Many more struggle to spend money on medications to alleviate the stress of living with Essential Tremor.
While medications are often used to control tremors, they often come with unpleasant side effects that outweigh the benefits. In the same vein, neurosurgery can also stop tremors, but this may not be 100% effective in preventing tremors, and they are also risky. Botox injections need to be taken regularly, but they are costly.
The Steadi-one was first manufactured and released to the public to reduce the incidence of hand tremors. After some research and product study, a new upgraded version, the Steadi-Two, was manufactured. This assistive device is a hand glove that patients can wear to reduce the incidence of tremors. It’s battery-free, so there is no limit to how long a person wears the gloves daily. It also weighs less than one pound, making it easy to wear and erasing any incidence of wrist pain.
The technology of the Steadi-Two device was inspired by the design used to stabilize buildings in the incidence of earthquakes- a technology known as magnetic-tuned mass damping. The Steadi-Two incorporates this magnet system (in a disk form) that moves in the opposite direction of a person’s tremor and stabilizes the wrist and forearm to reduce the intensity of tremors.
The Steadi-two hand glove device works instantly. All you have to do is slip it onto your hand and adjust it until it fits your skin. You can then place the stabilizer on.
Essential tremor can make basic daily activities become herculean tasks. While there are several medications, supplements, and surgeries a person can take or undergo to treat the hand tremors associated with ET; new treatments for Essential tremor exist. The groundbreaking new treatment is an assistive device with no side effects, specifically the non-invasive Steadi-Two hand glove.
When worn on the hand, its magnetic system works in the opposite direction of a person’s tremors and stabilizes the wrist to minimize tremors. This will, in turn, make it easier for you to perform daily tasks and improve your quality of life.