Ambroise has developed a customized Static Hand Splint (abbreviated as SHS), intended for people who suffer from spasticity in the hand and wrist, where restraining the muscles and joints from hand and wrist is necessary to give some rest. The use of this splint (also known as orthosis or brace) usually reduces pain, but the main goal is preventing and treating shortened muscles (contractures).
No more struggle during measurement
A custom made static resting splint for spastic hands is not new at all. Such splints have been made by almost every local orthopedic company for years. However, making such splints can be quite a struggle for both the client and the orthotist. A plaster model is made of your hand. The orthotist must wrap wet plaster around your hand and correct your hand and wrist as much as possible while the plaster is drying, but keep it as quiet as possible in that position. A serious challenge with a spastic hand that tends to get more active when touched,or just if you focus on that hand more.
Making photos is easier
Ambroise has developed a technique that does not require that struggle. We use Velcro straps on a size board. Because this technique costs a lot less time, we have all the time to relax the hand. Once we have reached that rest, we do not have to touch or wrap the hand anymore. We only have to make two photos of it. One from above and one from the side from the thumb side.
Software does the rest
Our own developed software is able to turn the taken photos into a 3D-model of your hand. With that model we can then apply the desired correction position. The computer-controlled milling machine makes it a hard-foam production mold.