I'm sure this topic has been discussed before but I can't find it , so:
Does anyone use the Wilton hand & wrist support gloves? Do they really help? Is there anything else that can be used to keep my hands and wrists from hurting when I decorate? Once my hands get tired (sometimes only a matter of minutes) they begin to ache and shake! I take frequent breaks and massage them and do finger and hand stretches, but that is all so time consuming!
You could also use ones that they supply in the first aid area in walmart that would probably work just as well.
Ya know I dont ever get problems with my hands hurting.... no matter how many cakes I have done in a day, but I cant seem to stop them from "shaking" or bouncing up and down. Any suggestions there?
My "regular" job is medical transcription, so I use my hands a lot. Some days I may type for 10 or 15 hours and then have to decorate a cake. I think I'm starting to get carpal tunnel and my hands do the exact same thing, especially with basketweave wedding cakes, etc.
I have used Handeze gloves (www.handeze.com) for my typing for several years and now I cannot live without them. I recently starting using them when I decorate and it has helped so much!
I am not sure if the Wilton gloves are the same, but if so, I highly recommend them!!
PS - I also find that heat helps me.
I have carpal tunnel syndrome & I know what you are talking about! After discussion with my MD (who told me to stop decorating) and a medical supply store where I got my original wrist brace (who said you have to live too), I purchased a wrist brace from my local pharmacy called "Futuro sport adjustable wrist support". My apologies if I am not supposed to use brand names! Anyways, this is somewhat flexible, but provides enough support most of the time and easily hand washable. On days when it gets really bad, I wear my full support brace and just use a latex glove over it (which is what the medical supply store suggested). I have also found that parchment bags make it worse. Maybe the way you hold them? I have to use the featherweight bags or disposable bags. I hope this helps. I bought one of those craft gloves from WalMart to try when I cross stitch and it really didn't help me, so I just use the adjustable or my regular brace then also. If you want to try the craft glove, I can send you mine!
My problem is my hands fall asleep when I'm concentrating too hard. Once I relax my arm, it's a lot better.
I completely agree - parchment bags are rough on my hands! I have to stick with plastic disposable!