A Painful thumb is a common condition as the joint over the years can suffer from injuries from accidents, falls sports and of course general over use both in the house, garden and at work especially using the thumb on the keyboard and touch pad,  and this does not include our smart phones and touch pad computers.

A brand new CMC thumb brace designed and developed by eminent hand therapists Judy Colditz and Nettie Koekebakker.

Pain of the thumb and osteoarthritis is a common thumb disorder. It is a type of ‘wear and tear’ of the articular cartilage, affecting in particular people between 40 and 60 years of age.The Push CMC is a slim and compact product. The brace can be used in the water. Hygiene is important around the hand. Therefore the synthetic material is antibacterial and the brace can be washed in a washing machine at 40°.

This simple clever thumb brace is outstanding,  The thumb joint over the years  is prone to disabling pain which prevents one opening normal screw top bottles, jars tins and all kinds of other essential normal housemaking and job activities.  What most people do not know is that if the ligaments of the thumb are not protected from many of our normal daily activities the fine muscles of our thumb waste away and atrophy leaving to further weakness and permanent dysfunction.

By where this small neat thumb brace, you can get on with your daily activity, keeping your muscles active and therefore not wasting away while the inflammation and ligaments settle down.  For those of you with mild OA of the thumb you can wear the thumb as a temporary protection when you want to do some more heavy activity such as gardening or house hold work.

I had had excellent positive feedback from those who have purchased this neat thumb brace and I have used it for my own thumb which is now  completely pain free.   Taking some types of pain killers actually mean that you damage your joints and ligaments even more or some NSAIDS actually delay or stop the healing of collagen tissue.

The muscles of the thumb can atrophy and become weak due to pain and inhibition – I now include in my treatment plan the use of Compex which is used by many of our International Athletics after injuries so prevent atrophy and weakening of the muscles.  Compex as taken out as part of the equipment with our British Lions which was supplied by Perform Better and their support term   Have a look at Perform Better as this is only a very small item in their Supply Installation Catalogue.

Here is the link to ~Vivomed – Therapy in Motion to purchase of these brilliant protective braces  Vivomed are based in Ireland but as I have had international calls from people though out the world  I can reassure you that Vivomed will send the thumb brace to you.  Please made sure you have measured your wrist and ordered the correct size which comes in small, medium or large

Helen How
Registered Osteopath
14 Craighall Gardens
Edinburgh EH6 4RJ

Tel:0131 551 1044


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Edinburgh Osteopath Helen How has over twenty-eight years experience of treating patients at the How Osteopathic Clinic (Trinity Edinburgh). Registered Osteopath Helen combines the latest advances in osteopathy with a gentle patient-centred approach to diagnosis and treatment ensuring that osteopathic treatment at the How Clinic is suitable for a wide-range of conditions including; back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, knee conditions Helen uses Video Clips exercises educational information and outcome which is sent to your computer smartphone or iphone if you wish Treatment at the How Osteopathic Clinic is tailored to the individual and where necessary uses a combination of osteopathic techniques including, Traditional Osteopathy, Cranial Osteopathy, Electrotherapy, Vibrotherapy and Sports Remedial Massage. The holistic approach to osteopathy at the How Osteopathic Clinic, in addition to a full one hour treatment sessions, is designed to alleviate symptoms rapidly and can often significantly reduce the number of osteopathic treatments required. One of the few Osteopaths in Edinburgh and in Britain who uses the unique, gentle fleximatic vibrotherapy or shockwave therapy massage equipment combined with traditional osteopathic techniques in order to to find, feel and palpate those hard fibrotic bands of muscles which accumulate over the years of prolonged sitting, Helen has attended conferences held throughout the country; Helen has been using Shockwave Therapy for over 3 years now for Patella Tendons , Achilles Tendons Plantar Fasciitis and Tendon pain Hips, Upper Proximal Hamstring tendinopathy along with rehabilitation loading Contact Helen How, Registered Osteopath, 14 Craighall Gardens, Edinburgh EH6 4RJ To make an appointment contact Helen on 131 551 1044 or Text /Call 07889304762