Degree Show 2018

Chris Thursfield

  • 17 Design Reality - Product Designer
  • 17 VCA - Branding Design Intern
  • 18 Diploma in Professional Studies
  • 16 WorldStar Student Merit Award (Top 5)
  • 15 Starpack Student Bronze Award (Top 3)
  • What design factors of drug delivery devices significantly affect medicine adherence?

New Designers 2018


Treatment and symptom relief device for occupation induced carpal tunnel syndrome

Industrial Design and Technology student, Chris Thursfield, has designed Kyor, an office based Carpal Tunnel Syndrome treatment device. It also offers symptom relief and behavioral management designed to expand treatment options for sufferers.

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.

Kyor provides treatment through targeted mobilization 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 are expected to pay up to £840 per month in private physiotherapy. Kyor reduces this cost and time constraint dramatically making the treatment more accessible.

Chris has enjoyed developing Kyor throughout his final year, and plans to continue a successful career within a design consultancy upon graduation this summer.