Now I have my prosthesis I can start to experiment a bit…no, not that kind of experimentation…my latest adventure is yoga (see photo opposite of my “downward facing dog”). Kerry and I had started going to yoga classes at our local gym in Danville last year and I had wondered if I’d be able to do it again. I really need to do something to get back in shape.
So the guys at Hanger ordered me a “Super Sport” attachment for my arm from TRS (they specialise in different attachments for upper limb amputees). This “hand” allows me to put full weight on my left arm – as you can see in the photo. I strip down my prosthesis, taking all the cables off and plug-in my flexi-hand and I’m good to go.
I’ve been a couple of times now and although I’m stiff as a board and completely unfit (you should have seen me sweating), I can do most things I used to (although haven’t tried a handstand yet). The one struggle I have is I can’t quite bend my left elbow all the way into a press up position since my socket digs in to my arm too much, I’ll have to see if it can be cut back a bit to give me more range of motion.
Sean McHugh says
I’m also a below elbow amputee. It would be great to hear from you. I’d like to know how the flexible yoga hand is working out for you. Sean McHugh Catasauqua, PA 610-392-0944