The RELEAS™, an innovative device developed at MossRehab, helps restore hand function for individuals who have lost the ability to open and close a hand due to a stroke or other neurological problem.
This therapeutic splint enables individuals to use their impaired hand to functionally grasp, hold and release. It has been shown to improve the ability to include the affected hand when performing common everyday activities.
If you are interested in purchasing any of the RELEAS™ products please read the following guides or contact Joe Padova at JPadova@Einstein.edu to request the three guides before placing an order for the RELEAS™ products.
Joe Padova recommends that all therapist should take the course on how to train the patient in the use of the RELEAS™ splint. Please contact Joe Padova for the course information.
If you are interested in purchasing any of the RELEAS™ products after reading the guides or contacting Joe Padova please complete the order form found here or a purchase order and fax to 951-654-2331 or email it to Sales@TiburonMed.com. Credit Card information will need to be provided with the order. You may fill out the credit card authorization form found here and send it with your order or if you prefer you may call and give this information over the phone. Direct billing to insurance companies is not available.
If you are a patient interested in this item please talk to your doctor or therapist about ordering the splint for you. Please note: RELEAS™ products are not sold to individuals.
RELEAS™ Splint w/Mesh Kit, S/M Left, includes #4 / XS Finger Support
RELEAS™ Splint w/Mesh Kit, S/M Left, includes #8 / Sm Finger Support
RELEAS™ Splint w/Mesh Kit, S/M Left, includes #12 / Med Finger Support
RELEAS™ Splint w/Mesh Kit, S/M Left, includes #15 / Lg Finger Support
RELEAS™ Splint w/Mesh Kit, S/M Right, includes #4 / XS Finger Support
RELEAS™ Splint w/Mesh Kit, S/M Right, includes #8 / Sm Finger Support
RELEAS™ Splint w/Mesh Kit, S/M Right, includes #12 / Med Finger Support
RELEAS™ Splint w/Mesh Kit, S/M Right, includes #15 / Lg Finger Support
RELEAS™ Splint w/Mesh Kit, LG/XLG Left, includes #4 / XS Finger Support
RELEAS™ Splint w/Mesh Kit, LG/XLG Left, includes #8 / Sm Finger Support
RELEAS™ Splint w/Mesh Kit, LG/XLG Left, includes #12 / Med Finger Support
RELEAS™ Splint w/Mesh Kit, LG/XLG Left, includes #15 / Lg Finger Support
RELEAS™ Splint w/Mesh Kit, LG/XLG Right, includes #4 / XS Finger Support
RELEAS™ Splint w/Mesh Kit, LG/XLG Right, includes #8 / Sm Finger Support
RELEAS™ Splint w/Mesh Kit, LG/XLG Right, includes #12 / Med Finger Support
RELEAS™ Splint w/Mesh Kit, LG/XLG Right, includes #15 / Lg Finger Support
Outrigger for RELEAS™ Splint S/M Universal
Outrigger for RELEAS™ Splint L/XL Universal
Springs (4) & Covers (2) RELEAS™
Finger Support for RELEAS™ Splint, #4 / Extra Small
Finger Support for RELEAS™ Splint, #8 / Small
Finger Support for RELEAS™ Splint, #12 / Medium
Finger Support for RELEAS™ Splint, #15 / Large
Thumb Spika for RELEAS™ Splint w/MESH, Small/Medium Left
Thumb Spika for RELEAS™ Splint w/MESH, Small/Medium Right
Thumb Spika for RELEAS™ Splint w/MESH, Large/X-Large Left
Thumb Spika for RELEAS™ Splint w/MESH, Large/X-Large Right
The RELEAS™ is designed for individuals who have some arm and elbow motion and can close their hand, but are unable to open that hand due to spasticity or muscle weakness. This includes those who are affected by:
traumatic head injury
specific peripheral nerve injury
The RELEAS™ is a dynamic splint that fits over an affected hand’s index finger, long fingers and thumb. It uses a spring-loaded outrigger, or bar, that opens the first two fingers while an elastic glove opens the thumb. Users can then apply their own grip strength to close the hand to hold an object. Once an object is stabilized with the affected hand, the individual can use his or her unimpaired hand to perform manipulation components of a given task. For example, the user can hold a jar with their affected hand and twist the top off with their other, functional hand. Once the task is completed, the user can relax their affected hand, allowing tensions in the glove and outrigger to open the hand and release the object.
The RELEAS™ has an adjustable neoprene glove that wraps around the hand and supports the thumb. The elasticity of the neoprene helps open the thumb with a graded amount of resistance. A spring-loaded metal outrigger, or lever arm, extends from a base plate to the back of the hand. Two fabric buddy splints wrap around the index and long finger and attach to the lever arm. The RELEAS™ user closes their affected hand by flexing the thumb, index and long fingers. When the user later relaxes this hand, resistance from the thumb support and the lever arm re-open the hand. Specific training helps users learn how to use this modified form of grasp and release for many activities of daily living.
The RELEAS™ can help a user based on his or her grip force and ability to relax the hand. With the RELEAS™ many users have been able to functionally include the impaired hand to perform tasks they were unable to include the hand in before. These tasks include:
open packets for salt and pepper, straws, and band aids
hold wallets and purses while removing bills, coins and credit cards
stabilize a bowl when mixing
hold and fold paper
open and remove letters from an envelope
hold a broom while sweeping
hold and pinch gift paper and tape for wrapping presents
hold and pull up pants and underpants
carry a basket or grocery bag with handle
hold a nail while using a hammer
RELEAS™ generation II was invented by Joseph Padova, an occupational therapist at MossRehab. Padova developed his concept based on his experiences over the years working with neurologically impaired individuals and upper limb amputees who were trained to use prosthetics, as well as numerous discussions about neurologic upper limb rehabilitation approaches with physicians, occupational and physical therapists at MossRehab.
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