Applied Tech Products: Xtensor
HSD collaborated with Applied Tech Products to design and manufacture the Xtensor, a therapeutic conditioning device by Clinically Fit Inc. Xtensor applies resistance when a user opens his or her hands and allows a natural range of motion while stimulating the extensor muscles, tendons, and finger joints, working to correct upper-extremity disorders. The Xtensor won the prestigious Medical Design Excellence Award in 2007.
The Xtensor weighs only five ounces and can be used on either hand. It is meant to provide rehabilitation from corrective surgery or trauma, but it can also be used to prevent repetitive-stress injuries or tendonitis. The device is comprised of an easy to use wrist wrap with pain support, and adjustable finger bands. The bands are made from a custom-blended thermoplastic elastomer with up to 700 percent elasticity. These bands are conically shaped, in order to maintain resistance, as the shape prevents the bands from slipping down the figures. The bands are formed in three sizes, which are designed to accommodate most hand sizes and shapes.