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not quite a miracle worker for me
on May 16, 2012
I initially posted this review a bit sooner than I should have. I gave it a 3 star review because I was convinced that it worked for some people, however I now believe such reviews may be the written by the guy who runs this whole business. My reasoning for this is that I committed myself to doing exactly as the video instructed me to, while following the schedule, and saw no improvement at all in my CTS, so I don't know why it would work for anyone. Also, I notice the 5-star "OMG AMAZING I'M CURED" reviews are not verified purchases, which means literally anyone could have typed them.
The Pat guy in the video and who markets this dvd states that most people are 100% cured of carpal tunnel within 5 days of doing this. Sounds a little too good to be true right? From my own experience, it was too good to be true, as I did it for 2 months with no noticeable difference.
The schedule is also far too vague to give ideal results (assuming the stretches even work, which they do not) It simply says to do the stretches one or twice a day, then you have an optional day off, then do them once or twice the next day, optional day off, for a whole month. This means that any individual may do the exercise anywhere from 15-60 times--like I said, far from an optimized schedule, even if it did work.
It's also clear that the instructor in the dvd is ignorant to the anatomy involved, as they constantly talk about stretching "muscles". This is not the action being taken, as the muscles in your forearm are already loose, but rather, CTS would theoretically be cured via stretching of tendons, not muscles. But he admits to have learned all this from a professional, so you can't hold him accountable for not knowing these things--just the messenger, so to speak.
There is no reason to spend $50 on this like I did. I know at one point the price was raised to $100 here on amazon, but it looks like now it's back to $50 again. Youtube has similar videos showing stretches which accomplish the same exact thing. I would say 80% of the exercises are all different looking versions of the same thing, which stretch the flexor tendons of the forearm. To do this, simply pull each of your fingers back (all of them at once if you prefer) until you feel a stretch on the bottom of your forearm, and you are doing exactly what this video instructs. It's that simple. I doubt stretching will alleviate your CTS but you have nothing to lose by just following my advice, good luck, maybe it will work for you.
The folks at the institute have offered me a refund on two occasions now, so I requested the refund and got my money back. The only thing to worry about is if in between the time you order and request a refund, your payment method changes. If you have e.g. a different debit card, there may be nowhere for the refund to go.
Lastly, my symptoms have improved somewhat. I've had CTS for a pretty long time now (as of this edit of the review, 2 years) and it still exists, but is very mild now, I rarely notice I even have it. It only started to improve after I quit typing so fast (and so much) and eased up on video games, so my advice is simply to change your personal habits the best you can. To this day it's the only thing that's worked for me.