13 Best Occupational & Physical Therapy Aids

List Updated July 2020

Bestselling Occupational & Physical Therapy Aids in 2020


TheraBand Professional Non-Latex Resistance Bands For Upper and Lower Body Exercise Workouts, Physical Therapy, Lower Pilates, and Rehab, 25 Yard Roll Dispenser Box, Yellow, Thin, Beginner Level 2

TheraBand Professional Non-Latex Resistance Bands For Upper and Lower Body Exercise Workouts, Physical Therapy, Lower Pilates, and Rehab, 25 Yard Roll Dispenser Box, Yellow, Thin, Beginner Level 2
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2020
  • A superior band product for resistance training and rehabilitation, provides both positive and negative force on muscles and joints, stretches tones and conditions all major muscle groups
  • Improves strength, range of motion and flexibility in a simple to use, portable product that works in the clinic, the gym, at home or on the road
  • Color-coded Progressive Resistance system allows users to recognize improvement as it happens, as you grow stronger you can move up to the next color
  • Non-Latex Professional Resistance Bands with no scent and no powder meet the needs of patients, practitioners and personal users with latex allergies, and are the best option for facilities and hospitals with a "no latex policy"

ProActive Stationary Digital Pedal Exerciser

ProActive Stationary Digital Pedal Exerciser
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2020

Medigauge Electronic Digital Goniometer for Orthopaedics, Orthopedics, Chiropractic, Sports Medicine, Animal Science, Occupational Therapy OT, Physical Therapy PT, Research

Medigauge Electronic Digital Goniometer for Orthopaedics, Orthopedics, Chiropractic, Sports Medicine, Animal Science, Occupational Therapy OT, Physical Therapy PT, Research
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2020
  • Allows highly accurate, repeatable and reliable joint measurements.
  • Transparent poly fiber blades permit easy location of joint axis and unobstructed observation of movement.
  • Latex free hypoallergenic ploy fiber blades are easily sanitized after each use.
  • From "zero" setting measures full 360 degrees in both directions. Relative "zero" can be set at any point in an arc.
  • Degrees are displayed in .05 degree increments (5 hundredths of a degree); accuracy of +/- .5 degrees (half of a degree).

Physical Therapy Mobile Adult Mirror

Physical Therapy Mobile Adult Mirror
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2020
  • 1/4" thick distortion-free glass mirror with ANSI 297 safety backing
  • Hardwood, plywood frame
  • Rolls easily on 3" swivel casters
  • Finished almond laminated back
  • Black tee-moulding bumper strips on base sides

Jamar 9-Hole Peg Test Kit, Pegboard Set & Stopwatch Improves Motor Coordination & Finger Dexterity, Hand Exerciser Game for Rehabilitation, Occupational & Physical Therapy for Kids, Adults, Toddlers

Jamar 9-Hole Peg Test Kit, Pegboard Set & Stopwatch Improves Motor Coordination & Finger Dexterity, Hand Exerciser Game for Rehabilitation, Occupational & Physical Therapy for Kids, Adults, Toddlers
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2020
  • Plastic pegboard designed to test motor skills and perform various motor tasks to improve function and visual coordination
  • One-piece design features a molded dish next to the 9-hole peg board, to keep reach consistent
  • Great for patients who have suffered a stroke or other neurological issues that require neuropsychological tests
  • All pieces of sanitary pegboard can be cleaned with disinfectant
  • Board measures 12.25" x 10.25" x 1.6857", includes 9 pegs and a stopwatch to track progress

WhiteCoat Clipboard - TEAL - Physical Therapy Edition

WhiteCoat Clipboard - TEAL - Physical Therapy Edition
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2020
  • Full size medical clipboard that folds in half
  • Lightweight aluminum construction
  • Hold 8.5" x 11" inch paper - letter
  • Folds in-half with ease to 1/2 inch
  • Holds 15-30 pieces of paper without creasing

Dycem Non-Slip 10 Inch Circular Pad by Aids to Daily Living in Yellow - 50-1598Y

Dycem Non-Slip 10 Inch Circular Pad by Aids to Daily Living in Yellow - 50-1598Y
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2020
  • Innovative pad that provides a non-slip surface
  • Secures cups, plates, telephones and more
  • Effective in sustaining an extra grip where needed
  • Offers stability and helpful with coordination and awareness exercises
  • A beneficial tool for occupational and physical therapists

TheraBand Resistance Bands, 6 Yard Roll Professional Latex Elastic Band For Upper & Lower Body, Core Exercise, Physical Therapy, Pilates, Home Workouts, Rehab, Green, Heavy, Intermediate Level 1

TheraBand Resistance Bands, 6 Yard Roll Professional Latex Elastic Band For Upper & Lower Body, Core Exercise, Physical Therapy, Pilates, Home Workouts, Rehab, Green, Heavy, Intermediate Level 1
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2020
  • A superior band product for resistance training and rehabilitation, provides both positive and negative force on muscles and joints, stretches tones and conditions all major muscle groups
  • Improves strength, range of motion and flexibility in a simple to use, portable product that works in the clinic, the gym, at home or on the road
  • Color-coded Progressive Resistance system allows users to recognize improvement as it happens, as you grow stronger you can move up to the next color
  • Highest quality natural rubber latex resistance bands are recognized as the original system of progressive resistance for over 40 years
  • Heavy Green Bands are great for rehabilitation and light to moderate resistance exercises, they offer 4.6 lbs. resistance and 25% increase from preceding color at 100% elongation, and 6.7 lbs. at 200%, roll measures 6 yards long x 5" wide

Rolyan 568687 Ultigrip Finger Exercisers, Blue, 7-Pounds, Finger & Grip Strengthener for Physical Therapy, Ergonomic Hand Workout Aid, Portable Hand Exerciser for Home, Clinic, & Rehabilitation

Rolyan 568687 Ultigrip Finger Exercisers, Blue, 7-Pounds, Finger & Grip Strengthener for Physical Therapy, Ergonomic Hand Workout Aid, Portable Hand Exerciser for Home, Clinic, & Rehabilitation
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2020
  • Simple hand exerciser for improving grip strength, hand function, and finger range of motion
  • Blues 7-pound resistance exerciser features an anatomical design that fits the resting position of fingers
  • New finger tip design correctly positions fingers every time and prevents incorrect movements that cause ineffective exercises
  • Extra notch at the center of the bar ensures fingers are correctly positioned to prevent the thumb from moving during exercise
  • Includes exercise pamphlet with various hand strengthening exercises, including Thumb Tip Flexion (Key Pinch/Bent Thumb & Key Pinch/Straight Thumb)

Transparent 6" (In) Plastic Goniometer 360 Degree Protractor Style- Range of Motion Testing– Physical & Occupational Therapy, Sports Medicine, Orthopedic, Chiropractic– ISOM Std- Durable & Lightweight

Transparent 6
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2020

AnthroFlex Goniometer Set of 6 with Transport Bag

AnthroFlex Goniometer Set of 6 with Transport Bag
BESTSELLER NO. 11 in 2020
  • Includes 12", 8", 6", 180 degree, finger, and spinal goniometersMade of durable plastic for outstanding valueNylon transport with zipper included

Transfer Gait Belt with Metal Buckle 1 Loop Handle Beige 60 inches. Available 1 Loop Handle: Beige 72", Black 60", 72", Pink 60"

Transfer Gait Belt with Metal Buckle 1 Loop Handle Beige 60 inches. Available 1 Loop Handle: Beige 72
BESTSELLER NO. 12 in 2020
  • Buy MABUA Gait Belt: Made from 60% Polyester/ 40% Cotton.
  • Machine washable and Very durable material
  • This Gait Belt has ONE LOOP for maximum transfer and safety
  • Easy to fasten metal buckle
  • Makes mobilizing and transferring patients easier

AnthroFlex Goniometer Set of 2 for Hand, Finger, Wrist

AnthroFlex Goniometer Set of 2 for Hand, Finger, Wrist
BESTSELLER NO. 13 in 2020
  • Includes finger goniometer and 180 degree wrist goniometer
  • Made of durable plastic for outstanding value

Occupational Therapy for Healthy Youngsters with Handwriting Problems

Read why parents and educators think that occupational therapy is important in early child development.

There's a personal reason that the title of this article caught my eye. It reminded me of first grade at St. Charles Elementary School. One of my quirks has always been the fact that I do not hold a pen or pencil the same way most people do. I learned how to write cursive in first grade. Often when my first grade teacher, Sister Doris, would catch sight of the way I was holding my pencil or crayon, she would give my right hand a whack with her ruler and I would switch to the accepted way of holding the writing implement. As soon as she went down the aisle, I would go back to my "normal way." To this day, I hold my pen the way I started out and I have excellent penmanship. In high school, I even learned how to take Gregg shorthand, a skill I used at work for many years (back when secretaries had to take dictation). I was often told my shorthand notes were perfect. That means other stenographers could read my notes, which was uncommon.

These days, according to Ms. Tyre's report, upper class parents are hiring pediatric occupational therapists to give their kids a leg up on being accepted into elite nursery schools. One Upper East Side father sounded positively neurotic as he explained that he thought the way his 3-year old son holds his crayons would result in him being disqualified from admission by nursery school administrators. The boy is 3 and holds his crayons with his fist. Dad was so concerned about the power these administrators wield that he would not give his name for the article. He explained how he hired an occupational therapist to help his son get the right grip on the Crayolas before he goes through the admissions process. The father also said that the topic of occupational therapists is an even hotter one than what country club you belong to these days. It sounds somewhat bizarre and social status does not seem to be the right reason for doing this.

On the other hand, Anthony DiCarlo, a public elementary school principal from Eastchester, NY, said he also felt the need to bring in an occupational therapist for his student body. "Almost all our kids come into kindergarten able to recite their letters and their numbers," he said. "Some can even read. But in the last five years, I've seen a dramatic increase in the number of kids who don't have the strength in their hands to wield a scissors or do arts and crafts projects, which in turn prepares them for writing." He hired a full-time occupational therapist who works with a number of children with diagnosed disabilities at the school. That takes up almost half her day. She spends the other 60 percent of her time working with children who have no diagnosed disabilities, but need improvement with fine motor skills and muscle control. This sounds like it's being done for the right reasons, even though it's a little hard to believe so many children have problems in this area. Mr. DiCarlo even suggests that they are not getting in enough playtime with things like clay and Play-Doh.

I'm sure that nobody wants to go back to the days when a whack with a ruler was the known cure for everything that was a little outside the norm. (If it was really unacceptable, coat hangers were favored over rulers). It is undoubtedly beneficial to one's children to pay attention to their motor skills and muscle control, but at least from my point of view, the accepted way to hold a crayon never did make it the absolute right way. I never could get the right pressure from holding my pencil in the "normal" way. I don't remember anyone bugging me about it after third grade, so perhaps by that time, they had a note on my chart that said "You can beat the daylights out of Valerie with a ruler and she will still hold her pencil wrong."

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