I didn’t realize it at the time, but I began the journey of my hand project at the end of high school. Based on the wisdom of my sister who was studying physiotherapy at the time, I made a very basic splint that I wore at night to stretch my fingers.
Our muscles atrophy if they aren’t used and over the many years of inactivity, the ones running along the inside of my hand were much shorter than the outside. The first night I was only able to wear it for about 10 minutes before my palm was on fire. With time I wore it all night.
It consisted of a couple pieces of wood I found in the garage, fabric from mom’s sewing supply cupboard and Velcro off of some old sandals. That splint had a drastacly positive impact in my life.
A couple years ago I designed a more advanced version I was hoping to wear during the day, to improve mobility. It became more of an exercise in self-acceptance than a useful product and eventually I abandoned it altogether.
Last night I took my hand project and repurposed it into a splint that I can wear at night to once again stretch the muscles out. I was able to wear it all night without discomfort, but in the morning, I felt that the muscle have shrunk again.
Even if you don’t go to a gym, stretch your bodies everyday.
Song Of The Day:
Song: Two Sparrows In A Hurricane
Artist: Tanya Tucker