The folks over at Balance Systems Inc., who brought RSI sufferers the Flextend exercise glove, have a new product. Well, actually they’re kind of building on their baseline product. The glove, which I’../2004/08/flextend_week_1.html”>Flextend post), builds up the muscles in the backs of your hands and forearms. This is to fight muscle imbalances, which can be a big part of what leads to hand and wrist conditions such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and other repetitive stress injuries.
The Flextend AC works more than just the hands. Touted as a “complete upper extremity training system,” it’s designed to correct “muscle imbalances within and around the shoulder joint,” using a variety of “physician recommended exercises.” The training manual actually lists exercises for just about everything upper body: fingers, hands, wrists, forearms, elbows, shoulders, biceps, triceps, chest, and back (I guess you’ll have to do some crunches on your own for abs). So basically, instead of focusing on just the hands and wrists, they’re now focusing on all the muscles that are involved with sitting at the computer and typing all day.
Since they sent me the Flextend AC to try out and review, I’m going to be posting more on the system and the exercises in the next couple weeks.