Image via WikipediaHad a chat with Janice, the hand therapist, about my tendency to squeeze the bejeesus out of everything. I am a Major CRUSHER! Godzilla has nothing on me.
It's very tiring for me to do anything requiring sustained work with my hands. I just clamp down on any tool that is placed within my grasp. You name it, pencils, pens, tweezers, scissors, hand tools, pliers, hammers, musical instruments, etc. I just squeeze the living daylights out of anything placed within my grasp. After a while, my hands get tired and I don't want to do anything more with them.
Janice thinks that my problems with my grasp involve sensory feedback. I am just not getting the feedback that I need so I am clamping down real hard.
So, she came up with a solution involving wrapping some foam rubber around a pencil and then wrapping the foam with the pins portion of velcro. Instantly, my grasp was lightened and I could write a lot more with a gentle touch. It felt a lot nicer and easier to write. The pin portion of the velcro is not pleasant to grab onto with a hard grasp. So automatically, I ease up on my grasp.
So I am running around velcroing everything in site: pencils, pens, scissors, violin, flute. We'll see how this works out.
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