A question we often hear is, “Can you use MusicGlove with a paralyzed hand?”
And our short answer is no because that’s not what the device is intended for. (And by ‘intended,’ we mean that it’s not what our clinical studies proved that MusicGlove could be effective for.)
The long answer, however, provides much more hope – and we’re excited to share it with you.
This alternative method is unconventional, but it worked for one of our previous patients who had a paralyzed hand, and it could work for you.
Before presenting the steps, it’s important to first understand what passive exercise and mirror therapy are. So let’s cover that first.
An Overview of Passive Exercise
‘Passive’ exercise includes using your ‘good’ limbs to move your affected limbs.
Although you aren’t moving your affected limbs yourself, it still helps your brain rewire itself – and that’s what matters most.
So if your hand is paralyzed, then start with passive exercise. And through good repetitive practice, your brain can rewire itself to the point where you can move your hand on your own again, which is ‘active’ exercise.
An Overview of Mirror Therapy
Mirror therapy involves using a mirror to reflect your good hand in place of your affected hand (see image at the top of this article). This way, when you move your good hand, your brain is tricked into thinking that it’s moving both hands.
This helps trigger neuroplasticity in the brain, and eventually it can help bring movement into the paralyzed hand!
Now that you know the basic mechanisms behind passive exercise and mirror therapy, let’s get to the good stuff.
Here’s how you can use MusicGlove to potentially regain movement in a paralyzed hand.
Place the MusicGlove on your nonaffected hand and play the game like normal.
Keep your eyes on the screen and have fun!
Have a caregiver assist your affected hand to mimic exactly what your ‘good’ hand is doing. (If you don’t want to enlist the help of a caregiver, skip to step 2.5.)
When you make a pinch with your good index finger and thumb, your caregiver will assist a pinch with your paralyzed index finger and thumb.
It’s important for the caregiver to mimic exactly what you’re doing, not what the game is doing.
So if you miss a note, your caregiver needs to miss a note, too.
Optional Step 2.5
If you don’t want to enlist the help of a caregiver, here’s how you can do it yourself:
Select a song on ‘Easy’ and place MusicGlove over your affected hand.
Then, try your best to use your other hand to assist your affected hand to make the movements. Really concentrate on trying to use your affected hand to help stimulate your brain and engage neuroplasticity.
Although it won’t feel like you’re improving your hand, neuroplasticity is hard at work! Be patient with your process and stick with a consistent regimen.
To see the best results, we recommend a consistent regimen of using MusicGlove for 30 minutes 6 times a week.
If you do this consistently, you may be able to regain some movement in your hand like our patient did. And from there, you can start gradually moving from passive to active movement.
It will be a slow process, but patience really pays off.
What to Expect
In our previous success story, the first signs of improvement after paralysis came with twitches.
While that may not seem significant to some – it was significant to him, especially since his doctor said there was no hope. (Ugh, we hate limiting beliefs like that.)
So the improvement you may see using this method will be slow.
But if you’ve tried other methods and nothing seems to be working, then it could be the creative solution you need to bust through that plateau.
After all, variety and challenge are essential for maximizing results from rehab exercises.
Making the Decision
So, if you have no hand movement, then you can use MusicGlove – it just requires time, patience, and assistance. There’s no guarantee about what will happen because every recovery is different.
However, MusicGlove is covered by a 30-day return policy with free shipping both ways.
So you have nothing to lose if you decide to try it.
To learn more about MusicGlove hand therapy, click here.
Or, as you mull over your options, here are a couple of great articles to further your research:
- 5 Stroke Paralysis Treatments You Probably Didn’t Know About
- How Does MusicGlove Stack Up in the Latest Clinical Study?