Until now, the only option for anyone suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome was surgery. Now there is even a study in the renowned German Medical Journal to the conclusion that manual therapy is just as effective as surgery.
Medical journal study: Manual therapy better than surgery!
In the Study in the German medical journal compared the effects of a surgical intervention with weekly manual therapies. 50 of the 100 participants were treated surgically, all had pain and sensory disturbances in the supply area of the median nerve for at least 6 months.
The pressure pain, temperature pain and cold pain thresholds were determined on a scale of 0-10 before therapy and three, six, nine and 12 months afterwards.
The study according to this, the manually treated patients reported even less pain than the operated patients after 3 months. After 3, 6 and 9 months, the pressure pain threshold in the non-operated patients was even higher than in the operated women. So they were less sensitive to pain!
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common ailment: 10% suffer from it.
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is the most common nerve compression syndrome. It is estimated that around 10% of the population will develop CTS in their lifetime.
The causes of a narrowing of the carpal tunnel, where the nerve runs, include anatomy, mechanical stress on the wrist or inflammation. Radiating pain and hypersensitivity to temperature occur in KTS as a result of central sensitization.
Those affected who want to avoid an operation can carry out the manual therapy themselves using the innovative therapy device curpal®. curpal® is a new treatment method for carpal tunnel syndrome, with which an operation can be avoided by stretching the carpal tunnel.
curpal® does the same as surgery: without cutting, without side effects.
Using a cuff in combination with a hand pump and a manometer, a two-minute pressure of 180 to 200 mmHg treats the narrowing in the carpal tunnel. With three applications per day, significant improvements can be seen after just a few weeks.
The cuff of the curpal system is shaped like the letter C. The ingenious principle of the treatment is that the hand can be put into this C. If you now press the supplied hand pump, air cushions in the curpal® handpiece are inflated, similar to a blood pressure gauge, and a spring-like tension is created that stretches the carpal canal.
Strictly speaking, the tight ligament over the carpal canal is stretched and the carpal tunnel is widened. The stretching gives the median nerve running in the carpal canal more space, the pressure on the nerve decreases and the symptoms of nerve pressure, such as tingling in the fingers, pain at night or numbness, subside.
curpal® is ideally suited for pregnant women.
Since the gentle method does not have any side effects, it can be used at any time and is even suitable for pregnant women, who usually only suffer from the symptoms temporarily anyway.
curpal® is a development of Bayer Feinwerk based in Villingen-Schwenningen. Bayer Feinwerk focuses on the development of medical technology solutions. With curpal®, a simple, efficient and gentle treatment method for relieving carpal tunnel syndrome has been achieved.
Study in the Deutsches Ärzteblatt
One Study in the Deutsches Ärzteblatt shows that manual therapy is as effective as surgery.
The randomized study concludes that manual and surgical forms of treatment improve referred tenderness in carpal tunnel syndrome similarly well over a 12-month period.
With the new therapy device curpal®, patients can now even carry out this manual therapy themselves and at home.