Kyor / Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatment
Kyor / Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatment Device
An office based Carpal Tunnel Syndrome treatment and symptom management medical device, enabling an effective treatment and relief to debilitating symptoms whilst minimising lifestyle disruption.

2017 - 2018
2019 (Refresh)
Research undertaken with the NHS Royal Derby Hospital. I'd like to thank everyone who helped in the research and development of Kyor, including the Derby Pulvertaft Hand Centre, Physiodirect & Loughborough Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is caused by compression of the Median nerve in the wrist and affects around 3-6% of the UK, although often higher in office professionals. It causes severe weakness, tingling, numbness and painful twangs in the surrounding hand. Current treatment involves surgery, lengthy recovery and unsatisfactory prognosis rates with concerns over re-occurrence.
This device provides non-invasive treatment which loosens nearby soft tissue and reduces swelling from excess Synovial fluid in tendon sheaths; relieving pressure on the nerve. It works to provide treatment for up to 60 minutes, scheduled at intervals throughout the day. This is achieved through a device which sits unobtrusively next to the user’s keyboard. The design includes a desk based treatment unit, a portable relief unit and a wearable monitor which all work together as a system. 
It provides treatment through targeted mobilisation of the hand and arm, automatically starting when the user places their arm onto the device after being notified. The schedule and intensity of treatment is automatically set from the wearable monitor, which monitors user activity and predicts symptom flare-ups. The wearable monitor also provides useful activity insights to encourage behavioural modification. The portable relief unit can be used on demand throughout the day, and uses a range of technologies.
Under normal circumstances sufferers only receive surgery during late progression of cases, otherwise they’re expected to pay up to £840 per month in private physiotherapy. Kyor reduces this cost and time constraint dramatically making the treatment more accessible.
The design features a wearable monitor which can help users understand and modify their problematic behaviour. Users can view the wearable monitor results and history through a connected mobile app. Treatment is set automatically based on results from the wearable monitor, designed to detect increased chances of flare-ups.
The project Kyor was one of the 14 selected out of hundreds by staff and students to represent Loughborough University at New Designers 2018 with the project Kyor. The exhibition at the Business Design Centre in London in July 2018.

Below are some studio shots taken for the event's press & publication magazines.
The functional prototype consists of two sections, the mobilization and the heating & cooling treatment. It was used to test the ergonomics and comfort of the proposed mechanism. The electronics were developed and coded on an Arduino Uno over the space of a 2 month period.
Kyor gained national recognition at New Designers 2018, and featured on various magazines and news articles, winning several awards in the process.
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A product design project with focus on interaction, styling, engineering and human centred design focus. Kyor is an office based Carpal Tunnel Sy Read More
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