HD Awareness Month 2014: Living with dystonia

May is Huntington’s Disease Awareness Month, a time to spread knowledge about living with this incurable genetic disorder. Huntington’s Disease (HD) is neurodegenerative and affects muscle function and cognitive abilities.

One way that HD affects muscle coordination is that it causes a muscle spasm condition called dystonia. Living with HD will often mean learning ways to deal with these involuntary spasms by using adaptive aids.

Let’s look at some adaptive aids we sell that can help you keep steady control during daily routines.

Flossing should be easy

Gripit Floss Holder

Gripit Floss Holder

Flossing is hard enough as it is, without factoring in the difficulty dystonia brings to the table. The Grip-it Floss Holder is, quite frankly, what everyone should use instead of having to wrap floss around the hands over and over. The Grip-it Floss Holder holds floss on its two prongs and features a large ergonomic handle to offer easy grasp.

Maintaining a steady eye

Autodrop Eye Drop Guide

Autodrop Eye Drop Guide

Dystonia can also affect eyelids, resulting in loss of control of the eyelids. Putting in eyedrops can be difficult for this reason. The Autodrop Eye Drop Guide holds your eyelids steady and has a hole that helps focus your eye up and away from the drops.

Tweezers don’t have to be tedious

Dystonia can make using tweezers an impossibly tedious process. When using tweezers, aim and accuracy are critical.

Evolution Point Tweezers

Evolution Point Tweezers

The Evolution Point Tweezers have large, soft finger and thumb grips with a rounded back that rests securely in the palm of your hand. The Easy Grip Point Tip Tweezers are lightweight with stainless steal. They have extra small tips and offer good grip precision, making it the perfect device to remove in-grown hairs or splinters.

Use hair dryer more efficiently

Another daily routine made difficult by HD and dystonia is hair drying. Holding the heavy hair dryer while also trying to style with the other hand proves to be difficult.

Hair Dryer Holder

Hair Dryer Holder

The Hair Dryer Holder is a small U-shaped gooseneck holder that can be adjusted to nearly any position. With the Hair Dryer Holder you will be able to concentrate both hands on styling your hair and looking your best.

If you have dystonia resulting from HD or know someone who does, we hope you find the information and support you need. These items and others in our store are great for dealing with unsteady muscle movements.