Everything You Need to Know About MusicGlove Hand Therapy

Everything You Need to Know About MusicGlove Hand Therapy

Thank you for considering MusicGlove hand therapy as your at-home hand therapy regimen. We appreciate your interest and want to provide you with the best experience possible.

This article contains all the information you’ll need to:

  • Determine if MusicGlove is right for you
  • Reap the most benefit from your device
  • Find answers to common questions

And if you don’t find the answers you need, you can always give us a call at 1-800-593-5468 Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm PST and we’ll be more than happy to help!

How It Works

MusicGlove allows users to practice 5 specific finger grips through an engaging, musical game. (See this example video.)

In one 45 minute session, a patient can complete over 2,000 repetitions! Repetitive practice like this triggers neuroplasticity, the mechanism that your brain uses to heal itself after injury.

The more you repeat a movement, the better you get at it, making MusicGlove an attractive device for patients looking to regain hand movement quickly.

MusicGlove is clinically proven to improve hand function in just 2 weeks due to the engaging nature of the device and high number of repetitions.

Minimum Hand Movement Required

To use MusicGlove hand therapy actively without assistance, you need the ability to touch your thumb to at least one of your fingertips or pick up and release a pencil at least 3 times in one minute.

If you can’t make those movements, then you can use the device passively (learn about active vs passive exercise here) by using your unaffected hand to help make the grips.

Although you aren’t ‘doing it yourself,’ you’re still helping your brain rewire itself and regain hand movement. With enough passive practice, you can regain enough movement to use the device actively.

MusicGlove is not intended for patients with no hand movement, but we’ve seen it happen once before. By using MusicGlove in a similar manner to mirror therapy, a patient with a paralyzed hand – who thought that all hope was lost – regained some hand movement. You can read the full story here.

There’s no guarantee that you’ll experience the same improvement, but the story is truly inspiring.

Covered Conditions

MusicGlove is intended for neurological rehabilitation to help regain hand function after:

  • Stroke
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Spinal cord injury

Some patients with other conditions, like cerebral palsy, have experienced improvement with MusicGlove even though it’s not what the device is intended for.

Also, the device isn’t intended to treat pain, but we have had some patients experience pain relief with the device. Typically, if pain is a result of neurological injury, then MusicGlove has the potential to help.

If you’re suffering from pain due to spasticity, then exercise like MusicGlove is the best way to get rid of painful spasticity by regaining control of those muscles.

If you’d like us to help you determine if MusicGlove can help with your unique conditions, please feel free to give us a call.

How to Find Your Size

Refer to our sizing chart using the button below. If you want to print the chart, be sure that your print settings are set to ‘actual size’ so that your computer doesn’t change anything.

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You can also compare your index finger to different coins to roughly determine your fit.

  • Small: index fingertip is the width of a dime, and no bigger
  • Medium: index fingertip is the width of a nickel, and no bigger
  • Large: index fingertip is the width of a quarter, and no bigger

You want the finger cots (the little pockets for your fingertips) to fit snugly.

When Your Fingers Feel Tired

Hand fatigue and stiffness are common, especially during the first few days of using MusicGlove for hand therapy. If your fingers feel tired, take a break and start again 12-24 hours later.

If your fingers feel stiff due to spasticity, exercise can help with the stiffness and your fingers can loosen with time. (Again, rehab exercise is the best way to alleviate post stroke spasticity.)

What About Insurance?

Unfortunately Medicare and Medicaid don’t cover restorative technology like MusicGlove in the US yet. However, private insurances usually have their own policies that may or may not grant you coverage.

We encourage you to speak with your insurance policy representative and ask if you currently have a medical reimbursement plan in place, and if so, how much do they cover.

How to Reap the Most Benefit

See our Recommended Regimen using the button below.

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When using MusicGlove hand therapy, you can decide how many grips you want to work on. Some users can start with a single pinch, others may want to start with several. Determine your personal comfort level and start from there.

Our recommended regimen is:

  1. Begin with a 15 minute session on ‘Easy’ level
  2. Increase the length until you can complete 45 minute – 1 hour long sessions
  3. After you can hit more than 90% of the notes correctly, move up to the next difficulty level

As you get better and better, you want to try harder and harder songs. The key is to remain consistently challenged so that your brain has the stimulus it needs to recover.

To maximize your efforts, you want to focus on consistency and repetition with your rehab exercise.

As long as you’re doing the exercises, you’ll have the repetition part down. The tough part is sticking to a consistent schedule so that the new connections in your brain have the reinforcement they need.

We recommend picking a specific time every day to do your rehab exercises so that it turns into a habit and you don’t put it off.

How to Find Support

We are always happy to help.

If you have any questions about MusicGlove, please feel free to give us a call. We can help you determine if MusicGlove hand therapy can benefit your unique conditions, or chat about anything else you need.

To contact us, please call our office at 1-800-593-5468 Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm PST.

You can also email us at support [at] flintrehab.com

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MusicGlove comes with a 30-day money back guarantee so that you can make sure the device is right for you. If MusicGlove sounds like a good fit, use the button below to check out our shop page!

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