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Declining dexterity, tingling or numbness of fingers, sharp wrist pain that radiates to other parts of the body - these are the symptoms of the carpal tunnel syndrome. The pain can be eased by massaging the hand, exerting pressure in some places or immobilizing the wrist. MIKO+ therapeutic jewelry, designed by Ewa Dulcet and Martyna Świerczyńska, graduates of SWPS University's School of Form, offers this type of functionality.

Pain Relief in Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

The line of jewelry designed by the graduates of School of Form has been developed for people who feel discomfort or suffer from pain of the hand and wrist. MIKO+ bracelets and rings help to relax muscles of the hand and support the process of physiotherapy that carpal tunnel sufferers undergo pre- or post-operation. There are seven different pieces of jewelry in the collection. Some of them incorporate movable elements, such as balls that rotate around their own axis, which can be used to massage palms of the hand. Massage relaxes the muscles of the hand and reduces tension, which prevents potential painful conditions in the future.

Projekt MIKO+
Projekt MIKO+

Photo: Damian Borejko | Designers: Ewa Dulcet and Martyna Świerczyńska (graduates School of Form)

An increasing number of people complain about the pain related to repetitive strain injury. Nowadays, the carpal tunnel syndrome is a common condition. Its symptoms include declining dexterity, tingling or numbness of fingers or pain radiating to other parts of the body, such as shoulders. As long as the pain is bearable, people often ignore it and delay seeing a doctor and even if they do consult a physician, they do not want to wear wrist orthoses. People do not want to wear braces on visible parts of their bodies, due to associations of orthotic devices with disability and for esthetic reasons.

Research conducted by Ewa and Martyna in preparation for the collection had shown that there were no esthetically pleasing physiotherapeutic products that would also fulfill their wrist support function. “We have found that patients often ignore the pain, which leads to the worsening of the condition. Therefore we wanted to provide a solution that would meet all their needs”, explains Martyna Świerczyńska.

Projekt MIKO+
Projekt MIKO+

Photos: Damian Borejko | Designers: Ewa Dulcet and Martyna Świerczyńska (graduates of School of Form)

Collaboration with Physiotherapists

The design process of MIKO+ required consultations with professional physiotherapists. Ewa and Martyna collaborated with Marta Jokiel, M.D. and with her help designed seven pieces of jewelry. Thanks to this cooperation, MIKO+ designs incorporate physiotherapeutic functions. Using the jewelry, carpal tunnel sufferers can exercise their hands taking advantage of the physiotherapeutic properties of the products.

“The intention is not to replace orthoses or physiotherapy. MIKO+ serves as an additional tool in carpal tunnel therapy. Its efficacy has been confirmed during electromyography (EMG) tests conducted at the Hand Traumatology, Orthopedics and Surgery Clinic of the Poznań University of Medical Sciences”, explain designers.

Projekt MIKO+
Projekt MIKO+

Photos: Damian Borejko | Designers: Ewa Dulcet and Martyna Świerczyńska (graduates of School of Form)

About the Project

The line of MIKO+ jewelry consists of seven pieces made from rose-gold plated brass and mineral-acrylic composite, using traditional goldsmithing techniques. The jewelry hides its therapeutic function and, at the same time, it provides a stylish accessory and makes the user feel more elegant and attractive. Every piece serves a different purpose. Three rings (two with movable elements) can be used to massage hand muscles. Two bracelets have been specifically designed for people suffering from the carpal tunnel syndrome. One of the bracelets massages a specific place in the palm of the hand and the second one exerts pressure on the hand. Yet another bracelet immobilizes the wrist and helps to keep it in one position. It is meant to be used in the last phase of convalescence after the carpal tunnel surgery. The last piece in the collection differs from the rest, because it prevents wrist pain and the development of conditions such as the carpal tunnel syndrome. It has been specially designed for computer keyboard and mouse users to prevent the repetitive strain injury associated with this type of work.

 

About the Designers

Ewa i Martyna

Ewa Dulcet and Martyna Świerczyńska – graduates of SWPS University's School of Form, were awarded the prestigious Progress Prize for their MIKO+ jewelry line, at the Global Grad Show in Dubai. Currently, they are putting the final touches to the pieces and are planning the launch of the collection.