Summer Paralympics, are you ready?
This quadrennial event is ready to take place in Tokyo this year. It will commence on Tuesday the 24th of August and conclude on Sunday the 5th of September. Via Channel 4, you can watch, be inspired and admire the talents of the Paralympians who are taking part.
In this blog, we are rounding up our favourite facts and exploring ways to make sports accessible for those with disabilities.
Some Interesting Facts about the Paralympics
Since 1960, the Paralympic games have been bringing the best-disabled athletes to internationally recognised sporting arenas. Although, before the Paralympics creation, disabled people did and still can compete in the Olympics. The criteria is and always will be to qualify to gain entry.
Paralympians stand up against adversity and have accepted the challenge to overcome their disability and make the most of it. The games and athletes are awe-inspiring, which often leads to a vast uptake in sports globally.
One hundred seventy countries and over four thousand Paralympians are to take part in the Tokyo Paralympics 2021.
There are Six Terms to Segment the Athletes:
The classification system within the Paralympics helps keep the competition fair and safe. The six segments are as follows:
- Cerebral Palsy
- Intellectual Disability
- Vision Impaired
- Les Autres/Others
There are 22 Summer Paralympic Sports
There are 22 summer paralympic games for athletes to compete in, with the two newest sports debuting at the Tokyo games, badminton and taekwondo.
Paralympic Only Sporting Events
Above are two Paralympic sports that have no Olympic counterpart, so let's explore them:
Boccia is a mixed-gender turn-taking sport.
Initially, this game was curated with cerebral palsy players in mind. However, now many types of disabled people compete, often those with reduced motor skills.
There are many variants of this game worldwide. For example, in the UK, we have Lawn Bowling, the French have Pétanque, and the Italians have Bocce. They all fall under the umbrella term Boules. You throw/roll your balls as close to the target as possible, and your competitors try to beat your attempt.
One team is red, the other blue, and their target is a white ball.
Goalball, intended to be played by those who are visually impaired/blind. This game sees three participants per team use their hands to throw or roll the ball into the opponent's net, relying on senses other than sight, mainly hearing. Ear-hand coordination is imperative to compete as the ball contains bells inside that players rely on to understand its velocity. Non-disabled players should wear eyepatches and eyeshades to prevent sight. A Goalball game last for 12 minutes a half, 24 minutes in total.
Adapted Technology for Sports
As a disabled person, finding a way into sports of any kind can be tricky, as they aren't always accessible. An example of this is an amputee taking up running. Running is defined as "the activity of going somewhere quickly on foot, as a sport or for pleasure:" - Cambridge Dictionary.
To make this sport accessible to amputees, a universally designed running shoe is not going to help. However, ergonomic adaptive equipment such as running blades can allow an amputee to participate in running events.
How to Make Sports More Accessible with Tenura Products
Let's look at ways Tenura products can help disabled people participate in sports and adapt their equipment further for better results and comfort.
Open Drinks with a Bottle Opener
When you are working out and training, you don't want your bottle lid to get between you and that fresh sip of water, so take a Tenura bottle opener to the gym. Tenura bottle openers are made of silicone that's grip-enhancing.
For people with arthritis, twisting and exerting strength through their wrists and hands is tricky and limited, so having this aid is beneficial.
Non-Slip Floor Mats for Mobility
When participating in events as a wheelchair user or someone who uses a walking aid, you may need an extra bit of grip to help you move from one mobility aid to another. For example, in Wheelchair Basketball, there are specially designed wheelchairs for the sport, but getting into one can be a struggle.
By having a Tenura non-slip floor mat under your feet, you can feel secure knowing you have a good foothold and have reduced the risk of slipping when moving between mobility aids.
Non-Slip Strips under Handle Wraps
You can wrap Tenura grip strips around the handle of your golf club, badminton racket or baseball bat and then add your handle wraps. This additional layer adds comfort to the handle as Tenura silicone is soft and cushioning.
For a permanent solution, use Tenura adhesive-backed grip roll, cut it to size and wrap it around the handle of sports equipment.
We can only recommend Tenura grip strips in this application to increase handle surface area and comfort, not grip. Tenura grip strips, like the rest of our silicone range, lose their properties when wet. Use a recommended and approved handle wrap for this application once Tenura grip strips are applied.
Grip Roll for Indoor Cycling & Wheelchair Sports
When practising your cycling indoors on an exercise bike, cut down Tenura grip roll and attach it to the bike's pedals, which will give you an excellent foothold and prevent your feet from sliding off the pedals. This adaptive method can also be applied to cross trainers and other indoor gym equipment.
Note, grip roll and our other silicone products, when wet, lose their non-slip properties.
Experience the same benefits of non-slip pedals by attaching the gripping roll to your wheelchair's footrest for indoor games of Wheelchair Basketball.
Non-Slip Fabric to Stop Saddles and Exercise Mats Sliding
You can use Tenura non-slip fabric to prevent saddles from moving, cut the non-slip material to a suitable size and place it between the saddle pad and saddle. Now, as a rider, you can feel secure in the knowledge that Tenura grip fabric is doing its job and stopping any unwanted movement of the saddle.
Tenura non-slip fabric is also beneficial placed under yoga mats or other exercise mats to prevent them from moving whilst you're completing your exercise. Unwanted movement from your mat during exercise could lead to injury.
Tenura silicone is antimicrobial, perfect for use in areas where you will be around heavily used equipment that is likely carrying many germs and bacteria.
Adapting your equipment to be more disability-friendly can help when participating and taking up hobbies in sports. If you have any more ideas, you would like to share. We would love to hear your thoughts via our socials (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin).
Physiotherapists assist and encourage the development of someone who has a disability, is injured, or requires assistance to complete activities of daily living. They do this via physio sessions, education and therapy. They support people with neurological conditions like strokes and Parkinson's, neuromusculoskeletal problems such as back pain and arthritis. They also deal with a person's cardiovascular and respiratory complications.
So how can Tenura daily living aids assist the lives of Physiotherapists and their Patients?
Grip-Enhancing Silicone Rolls for Physiotherapists
You can wrap Tenura silicone roll around grab rails at the practice. This aids with a person's mobility as the silicone roll is grip-enhancing, making it perfect for people with weak grip strength. It also provides a layer of comfort for the user to hold. Use Tenura grip roll to adapt equipment making it more accessible for your patient, such as their pre-existing mobility aids.
You can make all sorts of grip aids from Tenura silicone rolls. You cut the roll down to the desired shape and wrap it around objects, including handles
Tenura grip roll can help with equipment application by keeping splints and other apparatus in a still position during physiotherapy rehabilitation sessions.
Some physiotherapists use silicone roll for massage therapy on scar tissue. They say it softens tendons following surgery when used in conjunction with massage methods.
When positioning a patient during respiratory physiotherapy, Tenura non-slip roll can help with stabilisation. Positioning is the term used to promote optimal recovery and reduce the risk of pain and swelling.
Colour Contrast/Visual Aid Methods in Physiotherapy
When conducting forms of therapy with a partially sighted person, the contrast between objects is vital. For example, the phrase "it's black and white" means it's clear because there's a stark difference between them tonally, which helps individuals distinguish them. The majority of Tenura products come in vivid red, blue or yellow, making them excellent visual aids.
There are trip hazards everywhere you go, and in a clinic, you must reduce risks such as this. You can add strips of bright red or blue silicone roll to hazardous items, things such as door stops which are often grey and camouflage into their surroundings.
Red silicone roll works exceptionally well at highlighting danger, as it's customary to signify hazards and heat in this way. For instance, stop signs are red, and when you're running out of petrol, the gauge dips into the red. In your physiotherapy clinic, you can highlight steps, hot surfaces and other dangers effortlessly.
An example of using blue grip roll within the clinic could be to make light switches more prominent. Make table corners and other sharp edges that could cause harm to stand out by using strips of blue grip roll.
Red and blue silicone rolls come in two variants non-adhesive and adhesive-backed, the latter being a more permanent non-slip/grip-enhancing solution. There are also pre-cut grip strips available from the Tenura website.
Non-Slip Floor Mat Uses in Physiotherapy
When aiding a wheelchair user in and out of a wheelchair, a non-slip floor mat can give them a foothold, stopping them from slipping. It can also provide a level of confidence to the user and make them more surefooted.
When a person is standing up from a chair, the chair can jolt backwards on slippery clinic floors. By placing a non-slip floor mat underneath, you can add a layer of safety, which is essential when evaluating the person's fall risk.
During weight-bearing procedures in your practice, where you move a person from one surface to another, Tenura non-slip mats can be a real benefit. Use non-slip mats as a preventative measure for slipping/falling during this procedure. With both your feet and your client's feet safely positioned on a non-slip mat, the risks involved reduce as you both have a secure foothold, which would not be the case on smooth slippy clinic floors.
Non-Slip Table Mats for Self-Feeding/Eating
Having a non-slip table mat under your patient's plate during self-feeding allows the user to exert more force, and if required, they can eat with one hand because the non-slip mat and plate remain in place. This real-world example is an executable daily exercise they can use at home or in the clinic to increase their eating competency.
Cutlery Grips for Physiotherapy Sessions
With age, dexterity decreases, so developing fine motor skills in your patient is vital. We utilise our fine motor skills in everyday life, such as buttoning up a shirt, which can be difficult, especially if the movement of your hands is limited.
Often as a physiotherapist for seniors, handwriting practice is encouraged to progress a client's fine motor skills. To make this task more accessible, you can slide a Tenura cutlery grip onto a pen, improving grip and comfort due to the handle's increased surface area and the grip-enhancing properties of the silicone cutlery grip.
Eating involves a few steps that develop fine motor skills, such as using cutlery correctly, transferring food from fork to mouth, and using a knife for cutting. Sliding Tenura cutlery grips onto a fork or knife improves the persons capacity to hold and use their utensils, adding comfort and control.
Paediatric physiotherapists will know that children have to learn fine motor skills, and following the above examples can push them to excel. We have Children's cutlery grips available designed for small hands.
Non-Slip Fabric for Hippotherapy Sessions
In hippotherapy, also known as equine-assisted therapy (physical and occupational therapy utilising the temperament and mobility of horses), you can place a piece of non-slip fabric between the rider and the saddle to ensure they don't slide off. It can also add additional grip to the reins making Tenura non-slip fabric advantageous during hippotherapy. Alternatively, silicone grip rolls would also provide similar results.
Bottle Openers in Physiotherapy Sessions
Recovery and re-establishment of independence are the primary goals of physiotherapy. Things such as opening bottles may be a big feat for your patient, and a daily living aid can be of help. For pill bottles, a grip-enhancing bottle opener can aid your patient, helping them to reach their goals quickly and encourage them to venture beyond their perceived limited ability.
At Tenura, we want to thank all physiotherapists for their dedicated work improving the quality of life of their patients. If you have any further uses you would like to share with the physiotherapy community, get in touch, and we will add it to the blog.
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This Tenura blog will look into ways you can stay positive and safe post-UK-lockdown both mentally and physically. Things as simple as speaking about your worries can be a big help, so let’s explore some great ways you can deal with post-lockdown life.
How can you Feel Happy Post Lockdown?
Call Helplines for Support
There are many to choose from, so find one that suits your needs. Your first call may be a little awkward, or it may not have been quite what you were looking for, but there is an abundance of helplines to choose from, so don’t be disheartened and try another.
Try Local Services through your GP or Council
Contact your local GP or Council to provide you with localised advice such as support groups and other information, including benefits and housing.
Walking and Exercise to Clear the Mind
Go for walks in areas that aren’t popular to avoid large crowds of people. Coronavirus is airborne, which means that it’s primarily spread when in close contact with an infected person.
If you struggle with mobility in regards to walking, perhaps do some research into walking aids. Tenura silicone grip roll can be a neat addition as it adds grip-enhancing qualities once you’ve wrapped the roll around the handles of walking aids.
You may be a wheelchair user and want to venture outside, but to avoid frustration, search for destinations that are wheelchair accessible. A Tenura non-slip floor mat can help with transferring the wheelchair user in and out of the wheelchair. Tenura floor mats provide a foothold, reducing the risk of slips and falls.
Follow Government Guidelines
Our government have the money, power and statistics to understand the extent of the virus. Therefore you should follow their advice to a T.
If you are apprehensive about going out in public through the worry of members of the public complaining that you aren’t wearing a mask, use a lanyard to carry your face covering exemption card. It’s then easy for people to recognise you’re exempt.
Discuss your Worries with Friends & Family
Talk to your friends and family. They can help you and follow your requests, such as remaining outside when you meet them. Talking things through can help, and they may have advice or ideas that you hadn’t thought of, so take time to speak to them.
Returning to Work - Discuss Worries with Colleagues
If you are going back to work and aren’t sure of the Coronavirus procedures in place at your workplace, ask. It’s both important that you as an individual feel safe and those who work with you.
If somebody isn’t looking themselves, make sure you ask if they are okay, this one goes for friends and family too, it’s been a hard time for us all, and this simple question can make a person’s day, it can also help you both relieve built-up stress or anxiety.
To remain safe at work, follow their guideline and use disinfectants such as hand sanitiser. It would be best if you also tried to stay 2m apart from your colleagues.
Look Online for Help
The charity and website Scope is full of information on money, work, education, housing, and health, all related to Coronavirus.
As socialising is difficult at this time, and you may feel this is not the best thing to do for your health, online forums and social media platforms can help alleviate the loneliness you may be feeling. On Facebook, you can join groups full of like-minded people with similar hobbies and interests.
There’s a social media platform called The Mighty, and this platform is developed especially for those with disabilities.
Get a Hobby – Find a New Passion
Some hobbies may be tricky to pick up with a disability. However, at Tenura, we have many products to enhance adaptive equipment to make hobbies more accessible. Tenura silicone grip rolls both grip-enhancing and non-slip. You can wrap it around handles to give you more control of objects such as tennis rackets, golf clubs or walking sticks.
If you want to explore the realm of cooking, the Tenura kitchen pack could be a great fit. It has a grip-enhancing bottle opener and jar opener as well as a non-slip coaster, which you can use to gain purchase on surfaces when twisting off lids of bottles or jars.
See all the Tenura products that could aid with your new hobby and get you back to a sense of normality via the website.
We hope this post gives you a few things to consider if you are feeling down. But don’t forget to reach out and seek the help of others.
Enjoy Halloween with the assistance of Tenura products! We want everyone to have a fantastic Halloween, which is why we have teamed up with MazeWebMedia to produce the latest Tenura video.
Watch the video, as it’s filled with exciting and innovative ways you can use Tenura products to make your Halloween accessible to all and avoid any weeping witches or sad skeletons during your festivities.
Enjoying classic autumnal drinks such as dandelion & burdock or pumpkin spiced lattes is easier when you can twist off the bottle cap with ease, all you need is a Tenura bottle opener. The silicone has grip-enhancing properties meaning less strength is required to open bottles.
Twisting open jars full of treats or in this case, Nutella, is much easier if you use a grip-enhancing Tenura jar opener.
Tenura CupCaps (Drinks Cover)
Tenura CupCaps creates a seal around the top of your drinks container. The seal stops liquid from escaping, helping you to avoid spillages. Another great feature of Tenura’s drinks cover is it prevents debris from entering your drink, as you can see in our Halloween video.
When doing Halloween crafts such as carving a pumpkin or tucking into a Halloween themed feast, Tenura mats can be a great help. They protect your tables from marks, they’re easy to wipe down and are non-slip which keep objects securely in place, helping you avoid slips and spillages.
Tenura Cutlery Grips
Carving a pumpkin is a staple of Halloween, but for people who have hand impairments, it can be incredibly tricky and unpleasant. However, if you slip Tenura cutlery grips onto your cutlery/carving knife, they create a larger handle which increases comfort and grip.
You can cut Tenura grip roll down to size to create bespoke non-slip surfaces, for instance, in the video, we have wrapped Tenura grip roll around the handle of a butter knife. The user experiences increased grip qualities of the handle and therefore, has more control over the knife, making your Halloween activities safer for the disabled and elderly.
We hope you have found this blog helpful and that you can now celebrate Halloween regardless of age or disability. You can watch more Tenura videos via our YouTube channel.
To help advocate for World Arthritis Day 2020 (12th of October), we thought it would be a great idea to answer some of the most commonly asked questions surrounding arthritis. We also have a 10% discount code you can use when buying Tenura products through our website.
Can Arthritis be Cured? / Can Arthritis be Treated?
Currently, a cure is not known for arthritis. However, there are many treatments available that can decelerate and help minimise the pain and other symptoms surrounding arthritis. If you believe you or someone you know has arthritis, seek a doctor’s advice immediately.
To treat arthritis, you can use prescribed medication. There are some lifestyle changes you can make too, such as spending more time in the sun, as Vitamin D helps maintain healthy bones and allows the autoimmune system to work correctly. Sunshine is especially helpful for those with rheumatoid arthritis which is often caused by an autoimmune response in the body. You can read more about this in our "Activities in the Sun for People with Arthritis" blog.
There are various operations doctors can perform depending on the type of arthritis and its severity, with the well-known being, joint replacement surgery. During this surgery, a prosthetic joint replaces an arthritic joint.
Can Arthritis Spread?
Rheumatoid arthritis is currently perceived to spread via a person’s blood vessels. If a person has rheumatoid arthritis their arthritic joint releases synovial cells contained in the synovial sac (the sac lubricate joints to avoid friction and wear), these cells travel around the body, affecting other joints-according to a study at the Kerckhoff-Clinic, Germany.
Unlike rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis does not spread through the body. Due to this, a person with osteoarthritis may overcompensate, heavily using other joints to remain balanced and mobile. Overcompensating can cause those other joints to have excess stress put through them, which can be damaging, and this is why it is crucial to seek a doctor’s advice as soon as symptoms of arthritis occur.
What does Arthritis Look Like?
Arthritis can cause edema (swelling) in the affected areas, along with red-ish skin. In acute cases, joints are misshapen, so much so, the affected area takes on a new shape resulting in a crooked finger or toe. Knobbly abscesses can contribute to the malformed appearance, these abscesses are the body trying to protect itself, as the joints wear down, the body attempts to regrow the bone, and it doesn’t always grow in the shape it once was. Another indication of arthritis is small mucous cysts that develop on the hands.
What does Arthritis Feel Like?
Initially, it is said to feel achy, similar to a burning sensation which comes and goes depending on your activity level. In the later stages, the pain tends not to subside and remains in the affected joints. Around affected joints, the skin may be warm to the touch due to inflammation caused by irritated joints. Joints tend to become stiff and seize up, which is why the NHS recommends exercise.
How can you Participate in World Arthritis Day 2020?
We are glad you asked, there are many ways you can support World Arthritis Day. You can raise awareness and spread knowledge through your family, friends and social media. You can participate in local healthcare organisation’s charity events, appeals or fundraisers. Perhaps you could start a fundraiser yourself or participate in a fun run.
One of the ways Tenura will be supporting World Arthritis Day is through our marketing channels. We will be posting helpful information all month regarding Arthritis and Tenura arthritis aids. You can learn more about Tenura arthritis aids through our blog.
We are also offering a special 10% discount on Tenura products that can be excellent adaptive equipment for people with arthritis in their hands and fingers. Type WAD10 at checkout.
The Tenura products that you can claim the 10% discount on are as follows:
Non-slip coasters and anti-slip mats provide a place to rest things such as mugs and plates, the silicone grips onto the objects which keeps them held in position. A person with arthritis may find these anti-slip mats to be helpful, as you can use them in conjunction with the silicone jar and bottle openers to open containers with one hand, allowing you to use the less arthritic hand.
Tenura Silicone Jar and Bottle Opener
Jar and bottle openers enable you to open containers with ease. Tenura silicone has grip-enhancing properties that allow you to get a firm grasp of lids. For a person living with arthritis, these openers can be a great help as pain, swelling, or other flare-up symptoms can make objects a struggle to hold.
Tenura Silicone Cutlery Grips
Arthritis can cause reduced movement in your hands and fingers that makes holding onto cutlery difficult. By sliding Tenura cutlery grips onto utensils, you no longer require the full motion used to clutch cutlery as the surface area is now greater.
Create bespoke arthritis aids using Tenura grip strips or rolls. You can cut Tenura silicone down to the size and shape required. Many of our customers who live with arthritis use the grip strips around handles of cupboards, pans, DIY and gardening tools, to mention a few. Tenura silicone is both a non-slip material and grip-enhancing, which is why it is perfect for use on handles, you can get a firm hold without the risk of things slipping out of your hands.
All the products listed above are made from Tenura silicone, which means they are:
- Antimicrobial (prevents bacteria harbouring)
- Washable by hand or dishwasher (withstanding temperatures up to 250°C)
- Non-toxic (safe to use in all environments)
To stay up-to-date with all the events and activities during World Arthritis Day 2020, you can follow the hashtags:
And follow us on our social media channels; Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and don’t forget to tag us in your World Arthritis Day activities and claim the 10% discount to use on our website with the code WAD10.
Tenura jar and bottle openers are an excellent device to keep at home within reach for whenever you need them. Their soft, yet sturdy silicone construction allows for the opening or turning of many things besides just jars and bottles. Tenura’s silicone construction provides an excellent grip for the user, alongside exceptional comfort, while also gaining exception hold on the object you are using it on.
Tenura Jar and Bottle Opener Uses
Tenura jar and bottle openers can be used on a variety of items around the home to make daily tasks that little bit easier. We have listed various uses of Tenura jar and bottle openers below.
The list of uses around the home are:
- Round door handles/doorknobs
- Radiator dials
- Egg timers (the twisty kind)
- Twist top beer bottles
- Stop valves on water pipes
- Gas fire controls
- Cooker knobs
- Medicine bottles
There will no doubt be plenty of other uses too, so if you have used Tenura jar or bottle openers for anything else, or you think of another use for them, you can send us a message on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. We will gladly add it to the list, and you never know, we may send you a little gift for your suggestion!
Tenura grip strips and non-slip rolls are also an alternative that could come in handy too.
Tenura jar and bottle openers are an excellent, versatile daily living aid to keep around the home. Available in red, blue, and yellow for immediate purchase from the Tenura website. If you spend over £50 on Tenura products, you can get them posted to you free of charge, providing you live in the mainland UK.