Heating Benik Thermoplastic Products
The following video demonstrates the use of a microwave to properly heat Benik's thermoplastic supports. Products with thermoplastic components must be fully heated and formed to the patient to ensure proper fit and function of the support.
Additionally, you may download our Heating and Molding Instructions (pdf)
Molding and Fitting Tips
- You can reheat just a portion of a product (such as the thumb component of a wrist support) either by dipping it in hot water (185 degrees) for 30 to 60 seconds or using a household iron set to a medium setting (Steam OK).
- If a product with a thermoplastic thumb component is too tight around the thumb, take off the splint and wrap the patient's thumb with a couple layers of athletic tape or Band-Aids. Reheat only the thumb portion of the thermoplastic by dipping it in hot water (185 degrees) for 10 to 15 seconds or using a household iron set to a medium setting (Steam OK). Reapply the splint and allow it to cool. With the thumb wrapped, the thermoplastic will be allowed to stretch and will provide a looser fit in that area when the tape is removed.
- If it appears there is a pressure point causing irritation or discomfort from the thermoplastic, try to pinpoint the location and use a household iron set to a medium setting to reshape that portion and relieve and discomfort or pressure.