Finding great therapy tools In everyday shops

I must confess some of the big chains have become my favorite therapy stores – cheap and readily accessible and adaptable! I love that I can send patients out to look and purchase their own props.


  • The humble tin of tomatoes – Rolling the tin forward and backward keeping fingers gripped - great for helping achieve wrist range of motion
  • The tomato sauce bottle – practice different size gripping
  • The spice jar – the round tall skinny ones. Great for practicing gripping around and gripping with wrist movement.


  • Light up bouncer ball – this is my new favorite – glitter filled ball with another ball inside that lights up when bounced. The ball is just heavy enough to start some gentle wrist circles exercises – by getting the internal ball to roll around smoothly or shaking to get the glitter moving! Great size for practicing rolling ball clockwise, anticlockwise, forwards and backwards
  • The massage roller ball – (similar found in Big W) – good size to grip onto and nice pressure   
  • Soccer ball – great to practice weight bearing.


  • Hand weights that can be filled with water! At $2.80 – a bargain
  • Spring hand grips – they have range from 5-25kg resistance in 5kg increments
  •  Spring chopsticks for practicing fine gripping.


  • Foam pipe insulation tubing (plumbing section). Great for increasing handle sizes on objects, but also great to split and use as a low resistance squeezing object.



  • Tennis racquet grips. Great to build up handle sizes. They have a little bit of spring/compression. They are adhesive on the back. I’m sure the uses are endless.
  • Colourful ribbons on sticks – ribbon twirling exercises. Great for drawing the alphabet and shapes to practice stabilising the arm.


  • Sensory buckets - collect leaves, gumnuts, rocks,. A great way to connect with nature and get fresh air and exercise.

Playdough recipe – add essential oils, colour or textured items such as gumnuts, or pebbles. Nice and soft. Commercial playdoh is much firmer

  •  2 cups plain flour
  • 4 tbsp cream of tartar
  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil

Method: Mix all ingredients in a saucepan. Stir over medium heat for 3-5 mins or until the mixture congeals


If you are having difficulty with your hands and wrists, an appointment with a practitioner in hand therapy can help with education, splints or supports and an appropriate exercise program for your condition.


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