Alternative treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome: a women’s issue?


Are women more open to alternative treatments for chronic diseases than men? In principle, this question is difficult to answer. However, this seems to be the case when treating carpal tunnel syndrome with curpal®. Interested in a little discovery?

Since 2017, patients have been able to treat their carpal tunnel syndrome manually with curpal®, thus without surgery . curpal® is a cuff that mechanically widens the carpal tunnel.

In many cases, the pain subsides quickly with the help of this stretch. A customer survey now shows: curpal® seems to work better for women than for men. While searching for the reason, we made a surprising discovery.

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Alternative treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome: a women’s issue?

Carpal tunnel syndrome mainly affects women

In fact, women are affected by this painful condition about five times more often than men. The reason is that as women age, their tissue becomes softer and puts pressure on the carpal tunnel. This pressure pinches the median nerve, which causes the pain.

Most of the time, and especially at the beginning of carpal tunnel syndrome, the pain occurs during the night . That is why it is so important to see a doctor at the first signs of pain in the hand and arm or if your hands fall asleep and your fingers tingle at night. The sooner carpal tunnel syndrome is treated, the better the prospects for rapid relief of symptoms. But what about alternative treatments?

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Very few doctors know curpal®

For many patients, especially female patients, the trip to the doctor ends in disappointment. Unfortunately, very few doctors know about curpal®. And, unaware of this alternative treatment method, they naturally recommend the classic route.

The conventional treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome is to immobilize the hand at night. This is achieved by applying a so-called night splint.

However, this immobilization can rarely stop the progression of carpal tunnel syndrome. The splint prevents the typical bending of the hand at night. The actual cause, the narrowed carpal tunnel, however, remains untreated with the conventional method.

This is also the reason why the majority of carpal tunnel patients still end up under the knife sooner or later. Please note: This is not due to a lack of alternative treatment methods for carpal tunnel syndrome, but solely because doctors do not know or do not recommend alternative treatment methods such as mechanical stretching .

However, it is not without risk if patients constantly immobilize their hand with a splint and even wear the night splint during the day, which is actually often recommended. These patients risk their wrist becoming stiff. Because the actual function of the wrist is movement!

Alternative treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome with curpal®

If you compare the effect of curpal® with the effect of the night splint, you will quickly see the strength of this alternative treatment method.

In contrast to a splint, curpal® does not immobilize the wrist, but rather curpal® is a cuff that stretches the hand and thus widens the carpal tunnel . The result is that the trapped nerve gets more space and the pain can subside.

The same effect can also be achieved through surgery. The aim of the operation is also to make room for the nerve again. The only difference is that during surgery the carpal tunnel is opened through an incision. However, this procedure can lead to postoperative complications.

These complications include severe scarring which may be associated with increased pain or limitations in the mobility and strength of the thumb and fingers.

Does curpal® work better for women than for men?

A patient survey commissioned by the manufacturer of curpal®, curmed GmbH, in the summer of 2017 showed that curpal® appears to work better for women than for men.

200 patients were surveyed. In the survey, around 83 percent of women stated that they were very satisfied to satisfied with the success of curpal®. In contrast, only about half of the men confirmed this satisfaction. curpal® seemed to work well for 83 percent of women, whereas it seemed to have less effect on men. But where did these differences come from?

The first hypothesis was that the difference lies in the different tissue structure of women and men. Carpal tunnel syndrome mostly affects women after menopause. During this time, women’s connective tissue generally becomes softer.

Softer tissue makes you more susceptible to carpal tunnel syndrome, but it also stretches better. The hypothesis seemed plausible at first glance: softer tissue could be the reason for better treatment success in women.

Alternative treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome: patience pays off

At second glance, however, another reason emerged for the greater treatment success of the alternative treatment method among the women surveyed.

When patients were asked about the length and frequency of use, most women reported having a proper “application routine”.

Almost without exception, the women reported that they put the cuff on several times a day, often at very specific times. Many women even described how they used the device every evening in front of the television.

In this way, frequent and very regular use was achieved among women. The men in the survey did not describe this routine of use. On the contrary, if success was not achieved very quickly, many men lost interest in further treatment with the alternative method and considered surgery to be the better solution.

Alternative treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome? Many women apparently have more patience.

In our survey, most women reported a proper “application routine” in the alternative treatment of their carpal tunnel syndrome with curpal®.

This suggests that women were apparently more patient and consistent in their use. While men were often not prepared to invest the necessary time in the application every day over a longer period of time and were more quickly disappointed if the hoped-for results did not appear within days, women proved to be more patient and consistent in their application.

With curpal® this patience pays off.


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