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Local Businessman Develops New Technology for Carpal Tunnel Pain Relief

January, 2005 Richmond, CA.  Total Control Systems Inc. announces the release of NightWrest, Carpal Tunnel Pain Relief Strips, a revolutionary new drug free product to help in the treatment of nighttime Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) symptoms.
Research indicates that many people with CTS loose sleep because of the natural tendency to bend or "flex" their wrist causing pain or numbness in the thumb, index, and middle fingers (1).  NightWrest is the worlds first disposable CTS wrist splint designed specifically to replace conventional bulky, rigid splints for nighttime symptom relief. 
One of the more severe effects of CTS is nighttime pain and numbness that awakens sufferers. Many doctors recommend wearing a rigid splint as one option for treating those symptoms.  Most people tend to not wear a conventional splint because they are cumbersome and uncomfortable.  NightWrest overcomes this problem with an open-air, ultra thin adhesive based product that is so light and thin one can forget it’s on.  It gently supports the wrist allowing you to sleep through the night.  It provides the protection of a conventional splint without the bulkiness.
As easy to use as a Band-Aid®, it is applied to the back of the hand just before bed and allows the you to sleep comfortably free from pain and numbness while maintaining proper wrist position.
Shai Gozani, M.D., Ph.D., (3) reviewed NightWrest and was impressed with the unique design saying, "The NightWrest approach is a significant improvement over existing splint technology".

CTS effects over 2.5 million people in the United States according to the CDC (2).  Of those effected, 70 percent are women.  Information gathered from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration

(OSHA) and the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), indicates that CTS is the number one long term work related illness in the United States. (4)
NightWrest was developed by the founder of Total Control Systems, Richard Tornai.  "I was diagnosed with bi-lateral Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and was told that the only way to sleep through the night was to have surgery or wear a splint.  I tried the splint and it was dreadful.  The Velcro stuck to the covers and it felt like a roll of paper towels was taped to my arm.  On top of everything else, I felt embarrassed wearing it around my wife.  My background is in technology design and I knew there had to be a better way to overcome this problem and I was determined to find it.
I started researching the causes and treatments for CTS.  I spoke to experts in the field of ergonomics and neuromuscular disorders and read dozens of papers on the subject.  Armed with that knowledge, I started building prototypes.  Night after night I tested them on myself.  After dozens of designs I came up with a solution that worked.  I could finally sleep through the night without a bulky splint.  I never dreamed of selling it but as time progressed I started to give it to friends and acquaintances who had problems sleeping due to CTS.
The first friend I gave it to called me the next day and said his wife had her first good nights sleep in three years.  I gave it to others, the results were so positive and exciting, I decided to take a bold step and launch NightWrest.  I am proud of the final result.  NightWrest is so thin that it easily fits into a purse or overnight bag; you put it on before bed and then dispose of it in the morning.  It’s nearly invisible when you wear it.  Finally, people with Carpal Tunnel can feel better,  look better, and sleep better".
NightWrest uses an adhesive based technology designed specifically for nighttime use.  The NightWrest splint utilizes an open-air, ultra-low profile, design.  As easy to use as a Band-Aid®, it allows you to sleep comfortably free from pain and numbness while maintaining proper wrist position.  NightWrest is drug free, hypoallergenic, and gentle enough to use every night. Simple, effective, it works - NightWrest.  Patented.


1. "Carpal Tunnel Syndrome", by James W. Strickland M.D. published by NEUROMetrix Inc.

2. From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in its summary of Vital and Health Statistics.

3. Dr. Gonzani holds a B.S. degree in Computer Science, an M.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering, and a Ph.D. in Neurobiology, from the University of California, Berkeley. He also received an M.D. from Harvard Medical School and the Harvard-M.I.T. division of Health Sciences at M.I.T. He is the Chairman and CEO of Neurometrix, Inc. a publicly traded neurotechnology company.

4. Based on information gathered in various reports from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, "Number and percent of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work". 

Copyright 2005 Total Control Systems. All rights reserved. 
"NightWrest" and "Carpal Tunnel Pain Relief Strips" are registered trademarks of Total Control Systems, Inc.

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