November 20, 2006
Torbay Holdings, Inc.: Mayo Clinic Study of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Indicates Mechanical (Shearing) Injury As a Cause
Torbay Holdings, Inc. (OTCBB: TRBY) today comments upon a study performed by the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. and published in the November 2006 edition of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. A link to the Mayo Clinic website can be found below.
The study employed electron and optical microscopy to examine tissue from the carpal tunnels of subjects, living and cadaver, with and without a diagnosis of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS). The study is entitled "Changes in the Functional Structure of the Tenosynoviumin Idiopathic Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: A Scanning Electron Microscope Study." In summation of their conclusion they state that the changes observed in tissue around the tendons of patients with carpal tunnel syndrome would suggest the possibility of shearing injury being a factor in carpal tunnel syndrome. They also state that their findings, if confirmed, may support repetitive trauma as a cause for carpal tunnel syndrome. These findings open up the possibility of new treatment and prevention strategies for that condition.
This is the probably first time that "injury" has been citied as a causal agent for CTS by an authoritative body, with scientific evidence and an explanation for the injury being provided. Mechanical shear forces result when surfaces rub against one another. In this case the mechanical activity is seen as too great for the elastic characteristics of the tissues around the tendons, with the result that the interconnecting fibers that link them, allowing tissues to glide over one another, break, and the fibers thicken and become fibrous, causing the symptoms associated with CTS, inducing pain and a loss of dexterity.
If the conclusions that the Mayo Study arrived at are read in conjunction with our own computer mouse study (link below), which demonstrates improvement of CTS symptoms in persons who switched to our Grip-less mouse product, then it will be seen that these two studies support each other. This lends further weight to the argument that use of ordinary computer mice may produce injuries such as the shearing injury that the Mayo Clinic study describes. In the past, claims by CTS sufferers for work related injuries when unsuccessful, where mostly due to counter claims that the cause and reasons for CTS are unknown. But, this study now clearly establishes a link between finger activity and CTS injury. This may result in the need for a reassessment of both strategies and tools used in high risk CTS categories. Computer users comprise such a category.
These data bring into focus the benefits of Universal Design, which illustrates the embodiment of design and function as prescribed by the US Government Standard in Subsection 1194.23 k2 of Section 508 Law. The spirit of the statute, found in the design of the Torbay Aerobic Mouse, is now suggested to have definitive practical benefits.
Designer Appliances, Inc. is leading the way in the development of Anti.Fatigue(TM) tools and technologies to manage the impact that fatigue is now understood to have upon computer users. Anti.Fatigue(TM) design conforms to Universal Design criteria so produces products that are more "Accessible and Assistive" to all, including persons with dexterity impairment or disability. We are all capable of fatigue.
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Mayo Clinic website link: http://www.mayoclinic.org/news2006-rst/3763.html
Torbay Holdings CTS Mouse Use study: http://www.aerobicmouse.com/AirO2bic_Mouse_CTS_Study.pdf
CONTACT: Torbay Holdings Inc. Tom Large President and CEO 516-747-5955 [email protected]www.trby.comwww.aerobicmouse.com
SOURCE: Torbay Holdings, Inc.