Do weighted bracelets for tremors work?

Do weighted bracelets for tremors work?

Finding Stability: Exploring the Clinical Benefits of Weighted Bracelets for Tremor Management

Today, let's delve into an innovative solution that can bring much-needed stability to individuals experiencing hand tremors: weighted bracelets. In this article, we'll discuss when weighted bracelets may be clinically appropriate for managing tremors, the neurological basis behind their effectiveness, and the unique benefits they offer over using exercise ankle weights on the wrist. Let's jump in!

When are weighted bracelets clinically appropriate for managing tremors?

Weighted bracelets can be considered as part of a comprehensive treatment plan for individuals experiencing hand tremors. They may be clinically appropriate in situations such as:

Essential tremor: Weighted bracelets can help manage tremors associated with essential tremor, a common neurological disorder characterized by involuntary shaking of the hands.

Parkinson's disease: People with Parkinson's disease, which often presents with tremors, can benefit from the use of weighted bracelets to mitigate hand shaking and regain a sense of control.

Other tremor-related conditions: Weighted bracelets may also be helpful for individuals with tremors caused by conditions such as multiple sclerosis, dystonia, or post-stroke tremors.

How do weighted bracelets help decrease tremors in the hands?

The use of weighted bracelets has a neurological basis for reducing tremors in the hands. Here's how it works:

Sensory feedback: The weight applied to the wrist creates sensory input, stimulating proprioceptive receptors and deep pressure touch receptors. This sensory feedback helps modulate and regulate abnormal movements associated with tremors.

Neural pathway modulation: The sensory feedback from the weighted bracelets travels along neural pathways to the brain. It can have a calming effect on the central nervous system, reducing hyper-excitability and abnormal firing of neurons that contribute to tremors.

Dive deeper: If you'd like to learn more check out this clinical study from the American Journal of Occupational Therapy.

Benefits of using weighted bracelets over exercise ankle weights on the wrist

Weighted bracelets offer specific advantages when compared to using exercise ankle weights on the wrist:

Targeted design: Weighted bracelets are specifically designed for use on the wrist, ensuring a secure and comfortable fit. Their size and shape make them more practical and easier to wear for extended periods compared to ankle weights.

Optimal weight distribution: Weighted bracelets distribute the weight more evenly across the wrist, providing better balance and control. This even distribution allows for precise modulation of tremors and promotes functional movements.

Enhanced mobility and dexterity: Weighted bracelets are less bulky and restrictive compared to ankle weights, allowing for greater freedom of movement and preserving hand dexterity. This makes them more suitable for activities requiring fine motor skills.

Convenience and aesthetics: Weighted bracelets are discreet and aesthetically pleasing, resembling regular wrist accessories. This aspect reduces self-consciousness and encourages regular use in social and professional settings.

In conclusion weighted bracelets can play a significant role in managing hand tremors associated with various neurological conditions. By providing sensory feedback and modulating neural pathways, they offer a promising avenue for reducing tremors and improving hand stability. With their targeted design, optimal weight distribution, enhanced mobility, and aesthetic appeal, weighted bracelets provide a practical and effective solution for individuals seeking to regain control over their hand movements.

Find out more

If you'd like to find out if weighted bracelets will work for someone you know then schedule a Virtual Assessment with one of our occupational therapists and we will help you determine. And if you're ready grab one right here!

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Brandy Archie, OTD, OTR/L, CLIPP

Dr. Archie received her doctorate in occupational therapy from Creighton University. She is a certified Living in Place Professional with past certifications in low vision therapy, brain injury and driving rehabilitation.  Dr. Archie has over 15 years of experience in home health and elder focused practice settings which led her to start AskSAMIE, a curated marketplace to make aging in place possible for anyone, anywhere! Answer some questions about the problems the person is having and then a personalized cart of adaptive equipment and resources is provided.

She's a wife, mother of 3 and a die-hard Kansas City Chiefs fan! Connect with her on Linked In or by email anytime.

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