I love working online but there’s a very serious downside to the constant typing I endure on my computer and phone, day and night. I’m in my mid-late 20’s and already have fairly debilitating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. I have none of the common risk factors to have developed this problem at such a young age other than the repetitive use of my hands and wrists for typing. I’d heard of a Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) occurring in people older than 40 years of age but rarely in someone my age. As my doctors and physiotherapists would come to agree, I’m a rare case.
Most sufferers of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome will first experience their symptoms at night and feel fine during the day, but mine is so advanced now that I experience pain 24/7 and excruciatingly more during the night. The most effective relief for the symptoms of CTS is to wear a splint to stabilise the wrist joint and keep the hand in a comfortable resting position. In my case, I need to wear it all day and night but most splint designs can become uncomfortable after just a couple of hours wear. Having to wear one 24/7 means I need it to be extremely comfortable.
During the day I’m currently wearing a 3M Futuro for Her Slim Wrist Support but in the evening I want a change, especially because my day one needs a wash every second day. When I heard 3M had released a version for sleeping I was keen to try it. After wearing it for over a month I’m ready to share my review.
- This splint is adjustable and suitable for use on both the left or right hand. It has a split in both sides for the thumb so you just slip it on and close securely with the velcro tabs.
- The top fabric is neoprene and the underneath is a soft fabric designed for the velcro fasteners to adhere. I found the soft underside annoying because it would always catch my flaky nails, but it did mean that the glove was far more adjustable than other types I’ve tried.
- The velcro tabs are small (about the size of my thumb) but having three makes it stay in place. There is also a lot of room to adjust it so even my tiny wrist can be closed securely. Many other splints don’t have much velcro room so even on the tightest setting it isn’t small enough for my wrist.
- In length it’s just under 25cm, so when I’m wearing it the end of the glove is just past midway up my forearm. This will of course differ depending how big your hand is but I find having it this long really makes me feel secure and stabilised, more so than other versions which finish just an inch or two beyond the wrist.
- I like that this one is navy in colour. Nearly all wrist splints I’ve found come in a horrid flesh tone. I would prefer if it were black but navy is second best. At least this one doesn’t show wear or dirt as quickly.
- Inside the splint is a light blue fabric the same as the exterior underside, except for a cushion bag which is spandex. There is a slot as you slide your hand in that holds the metal splint.
- Instructions for wearing the splint say:
- Open fasteners. Slide hand into support with metal splint positioned along palm of hand.
- Close center fastener, then adjacent fasteners. Adjust all fasteners until fit is firm, yet comfortable. Spread the comfort bead pouch along palm and up into base of fingers to promote a neutral hand position.
- I found it took me quite some time to get used to how I position the beads. I’m still not actually sure I’m doing it correctly because it never feels like my natural hand position, but I don’t know if this is because my hand is just so used to being strained into a uncomfortable position. Personally, I think this could be improved by having the beads placed exactly where they need to be rather than having the user adjust it.
- The glove feels comfortable at first and even though it feels obviously bulky I am able to fall asleep without any uncomfortableness. I get quite hot in my sleep and I find this splint makes me even hotter. Most nights I wake around 1 or 2am having to remove it because I’m just so sweaty and it becomes unpleasant. The splint fabric also becomes very smelly after a couple of wears because of the sweat.
- Minimal stitching touches the skin so this is a big bonus but the one point I found consistently irritated my skin is opening to where the metal splint is contained. As you will see in my photo, it’s just a regular rectangle sewn on top of the other fabric with a slit in it, but it’s something about that foamy fabric that caused my skin to react.
- Hand washing is required, you just slide out the metal splint from the inside. I find it comes up brand new for the first few weeks and then the underside fabric starts to look a little fluffy/worn. I need to wash mine every two days or so because of the sweating.
See the how-to use video for visual instructions.
What 3M say ….
Features and Benefits:
- A wrist support to help relieve night-time symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome
- With soft, breathable, lightweight materials for all night comfort and support
- Provides moderate, stabilising support with cushioning beads for comfort and protection
- Supports a neutral hand position (doctor-recommended for night-time usage)
- Available in one size (adjustable) to fit either the left or right hand
Futuro is the leading global brand in supports, with a strong heritage since 1917. At the heart of our business, a panel of engineers, physicians and medical professionals conduct continuous research into product development to ensure that we can offer cutting-edge levels of support and our highest levels of comfort.
The wrist is possibly the most important joint of all in our professional and private lives. Our hands and fingers are involved in nearly every aspect of our work, whether we’re performing athletics, music, or computer work. This constant use means that there is risk of injury to the wrists and when compounded over the years, chronic overexertion can wear at these joints and cause painful conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome and arthritis.
When you suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome, or other pain in your wrist during the night, your sleep can be affected. The Futuro™ Night Wrist Support helps to relieve the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome by supporting your hand and wrist in a neutral position with soft, lightweight, breathable materials. The adjustable palmar stabiliser and cushioning beads promote the ideal hand position for a comfortable and restful night’s sleep.
This pack contains one sturdy wrist support, in an adjustable size, suitable for either the right or left hand.
Sleep easy with the Futuro Night Wrist Sleep Support.
Australia $44 from selected pharmacies
UK £28 from 3M Direct
Have you experienced Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or a Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)? Let me know by commenting below!