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How do I know what size to order?
Measure around your hand at the knuckles as shown in the diagram.
- 6-7 inches = Extra Small
- 7-8 inches = Small
- 8-9 inches = Medium
- 9-10 inches = Large
- 10-11 inches = Extra Large
Learn More About the AlonGlove
Explore how using the Glove for stroke recovery and other brain injury rehabilitation can help you.
- Fingerless design opens fully for easy one-handed application
- Elastic hook-and-loop fasteners for adjustable fit and maximum comfort
- Washable antimicrobial moisture wicking fabric for all-day comfort
- Flexible plastic finger splints for support and padded for comfort
- Removable finger splints allow for full customization, tension and placement
- Soft leather and neoprene finger tips have authentic contact feel and grip
- Comfortable finger tips open and close for a tight custom fit
- Lightweight removable wrist stay for extra support
The AlonGlove comes with the following parts:
- One hand and wrist brace.
- Three finger splints with finger tips for pointer, middle and ring finger.
- One pinky splint with finger tip.
- One thumb tip.
- Two thumb splints.
Please note: The fingertips on the Glove have been improved and may not match the picture.
The Glove’s exoskeleton works as an extension of your own body. It increases the opening of your hand and encourages residual muscle activity.
This synergy helps individual muscles to achieve reproducible fine motor actions such as grasping and releasing objects. When you exercise your hand muscles, you get the added benefits of better grip and release abilities, increasing flexion, and reducing contractures.
You can use one hand to put on, adjust, and remove the AlonGlove.
What materials are used in the Glove?
The Glove is made of a Maxi-Dri anti-microbial polyester lycra, elastic loop straps, grip fabric, grosgrain binding, and hook and loop materials. It is supported by a removable aluminum wrist stay and plastic finger splints.
How should I care for my Glove?
- Remove aluminum wrist stay, finger and thumb splints, and finger tips. Close the Glove, securing all hook-and-loop straps. Machine wash on gentle cycle and hang to dry.
As needed, surface clean or hand wash finger tips.
- If the hooks on the finger splints get fuzzed, remove lint and hair with a fine-toothed comb or a large safety pin.
How do I start using the Glove?
Like any new practice, we recommend adding the Glove to your daily routine slowly. Wear it for a short amount of time initially and try simple tasks. Work your way up to longer time periods and more detailed practice of fine-motor and gross-motor skills.
Can I wear it all day long?
Your Glove can be worn 24 hours a day if desired, even in the shower and the pool.
Even to bed?
Do you practice as a physical therapist?
Alon: “No. I developed the AlonTree products because I had a massive stroke and wanted to recover the use of my affected arm. After almost four years of therapy, I still could not use my arm effectively. I wanted to get my arm muscles to relax out of the typical bent position of spasticity.”
Where do you make the AlonTree Glove?
Our team of designers and craftspeople live in and around Asheville, North Carolina. Each Glove is constructed by hand.
AlonTree Company and its team members are not medical doctors or therapists. The products we develop are non-invasive and intended as compliments to the therapies and exercises prescribed by your health care professional.
Our technology is designed, invented and developed through the personal experience of Alon and refined through implementation and observation as put into practice with other individuals. Although our products are designed to help you recover sensory and motor control, we can make no guarantee that the products will provide you with the desired results.
You should consult your health care professional before using this or any other equipment or program to determine if it is right for your needs.
How Alon is Using the Glove for Stroke Recovery
The Glove was one of Alon’s first projects to aid in his own stroke recovery. Over the last few years, the Glove design has been streamlined to make it more comfortable and more effective.
Alon uses his Glove for every day activities, like cooking and cleaning. He wears the Glove to ride horses, practice akido, and hike with his daughters.
Alon also uses the Glove in his self-directed therapy sessions. He uses a collection of objects to practice fine-motor skills, including grasping and dropping.
The Glove makes it possible for Alon to work with balls of various sizes and softness, equipment handles, and modified playing cards. (You can check out some of these future AlonTree products in the Design Studio.)
How do I know what size to order?
Slightly bend your arm and measure the circumference of your arm at your elbow, just above the joint.
- 10 inches or smaller = Extra Small
- 10 – 10.5 inches = Small
- 10.5 – 11 inches = Medium
- 11 – 11.5 inches = Large
- 11.5 – 12 inches or larger = Extra Large
Each AlonTwig is made to order. The Twig elbow brace is designed to help you improve spasticity and hemiplegia after stroke.
- Light-weight, stretchy neoprene and nylon for all-day comfort
- Elastic hook-and-loop fasteners for an adjustable fit
- Two metal splints for rigid support
- Splints covered with hook-and-loop for easy adjustment and removal
- Designed for one-handed application and adjustments
- Available in a full range of sizes for children and adults
- Made in America
The Twig straightens the arm at the elbow, stretching it out of a typical spastic position. When the arm is straight, exercise is more effective to strengthen muscles and prevent the shortening of muscles.
The Twig also enhances your proprioceptive sense. Its gentle pressure raises your brain’s awareness of where your arm is in space. This awareness makes it possible to carry objects between your arm and torso.
“Within two weeks of putting the Twig on for the first time, I was able to use my arm better than I had since my stroke. Before, I didn’t ‘know’ where my affected arm laid in the bed. Now with the Twig, I can center my map of my body because of the constant input it provides.” – Alon Kaplan
The more the Twig is worn, the greater this internal sense of positioning becomes and the more enlivened the whole hemiplegic side of the body becomes.
AlonTwig Elbow Brace FAQs
What materials are used in the AlonTwig?
The Twig is made with nylon-covered neoprene, elastic hook-and-loop polyester knit,and nylon binding.
It includes two removable metal splints, covered with hook and loop.
How should I care for my AlonTwig?
Remove arm splints and close brace securing all hook-and-loop straps to the brace. Machine wash on gentle cycle and hang to dry.
What about my paralysis/paresis? Would the Twig work for me?
Anyone who experiences hemiplegia and spasticity of the upper limb can use the Twig.
Over time, the muscle contractions of spasticity, or high tone, cause shortening of the arm muscle groups, biceps and triceps. When the arm is straightened it can be exercised more effectively to strengthen the muscles and prevent the permanent shortening, a condition that is difficult to overcome.
Some therapists use modalities like Botox, surgery, oral medications, electro-stimulation and physical therapy to treat the condition. These modalities are often very expensive, complicated, invasive, and only moderately effective (or even ineffective).The Twig is affordable, easy to use, non-invasive, and effective.
Can I wear it all day along?
Your Twig can be worn 24 hours a day if desired, although it should be removed while bathing.
Even to bed?
Can I exercise using my Twig elbow brace?
Yes. the Twig helps you to position your arm to exercise more effectively. It provides some support to improve the strength of affected muscles.
Alon: “The Twig awakens the whole hemiplegic side of the body. I was able to walk and now I can dance, do yoga, hike, and ride horses.”
Do you practice as a physical therapist?
Alon: “No. I developed the Twig elbow brace because I had a massive stroke and wanted to recover the use of my affected arm. After almost four years of therapy, I still could not straighten my arm or use it effectively. I wanted to get my arm muscles to relax out of the typical bent position of spasticity.”
Where do you make the AlonTree Twig?
Our team of designers and craftspeople live in and around Asheville, North Carolina. Each Twig elbow brace is constructed by hand.
The Twig Elbow Brace is intended to support use of affected arm and well being. Please discuss the wearing of this brace with your doctor or therapist. This product is not intended to treat, diagnose, mitigate, prevent, or cure any condition or disease. If conditions persist, please seek advice from your medical doctor.