Harry - patient with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
When asked what word he would describe DM Orthotics and the DMO® Suit, Harry’s dad replied: “Revolutionary”.
Harry has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) a neuromuscular condition that causes progressive muscle weakness. Owing to the lack of the dystrophin protein, muscle fibres break down and are replaced by fibrous and or fatty tissue causing the muscle to weaken gradually.
Harry’s DMD means he easily gets tired when walking, sitting or with any general movement. Additionally, with his weaker muscles and hypermobility, this puts considerable additional strain on his back and hips, causing his back to arch forward significantly (increased lumbar lordosis).
After several months of using his new orthoses, Harry now finds that he doesn’t get as tired as easily as before, giving him extra energy to enjoy time with his family and friends.
Meet Zach & River
Wears – DMO® Suit
Charlotte - patient with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
Charlotte is one of many EDS patients to benefit from dynamic movement orthoses and has recently started sharing her journey on Instagram in the hope she can help others facing similar battles.
“I am 17 years old and I have Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. My physio suggested wearing orthotics to provide support. I wear the socks, leggings, vest and right glove almost everyday.
This compression clothing has allowed me to do so much more with my life. Not only has it provided support, it has helped reduce my fatigue and improved my POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome).”
Combining my orthotics with physio has allowed me to start to run, which is something I never thought I’d get to do again. Thank you DM Orthotics. You have helped to give me a better life.”
A testimonial about our DMO leggings
Wears – DMO® Leggings
Alex has classic Ehlers Danlos Syndrome which causes his body’s connectives tissue and its collagen to become fragile and stretchy (https://www.ehlers-danlos.org/what-is-eds/).
Before wearing his DMO leggings Alex would be in a tremendous amount of pain causing him to cry out in the night and quickly become unsettled. His condition also caused him to hyper extend his lower body which could often cause him to lose his balance on one leg as well as on some days, two.
Since Pam, our clinical specialist, prescribed Alex with his DMO leggings Jacqui has reported that he rarely complains of lower limb pain and often experiences the benefits of his orthoses even when he isn’t wearing them, due to the carry over effect from the strategic panelling and biomechanical reinforcement.
A testimonial about our Scoliosis Suit
Wears – DMO® Postural Scoliosis Suit
Chloe was diagnosed with Scoliosis at the age of 11 and at the time there was very little information available about the condition. We saw a spinal surgeon and were told that there were no alternative treatments and that surgery would be the only option once Chloe got older.
We searched for something that could help Chloe as she was in so much pain. She had physiotherapy for a period of time but they recognised that they were not specialists in Scoliosis. I found DM Orthotics later, through someone whose son had been receiving Lycra Orthosis treatment for a different condition and rang Martin. He was extremely supportive about Chloe’s situation and agreed to meet.
DM Orthotics remove need for medication for Ehlers Danlos patient
Hannah Ensor has Hypermobility Type Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS) and Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS). She is a cartoonist and runs her own company, Stickman Communications. A bright sense of humour and tenacious ambition have seen her turn her stickman characters, used to communicate how she was feeling during a time in hospital, into a unique and creative business helping people worldwide better understand disability.
Read on to hear how Hannah describes her experience of using Dynamic Movement Orthoses and how she no longer needs medication for her conditions.
A testimonial about our DMO glove
Janet had a stroke in 2015 and her right side was severely affected. This impacted significantly on her ability to perform daily activities due to a tremor and reduced stability of her right upper limb.
She was keen to gain a repeat prescription of a DMO glove in order to remain as independent as possible. She has found that wearing her DMO orthosis enables her to take part in daily activities such as controlling her electric wheelchair, using gym equipment and knitting, with greater confidence and control.
A testimonial about our E-Step
Sam had a stroke at the age of 4. He lost the use of his right side and was hospitalised for 3 months. He had to learn to walk again and began intense physiotherapy immediately. It was an extremely difficult time for us. We found out about DM Orthotics very early on and Sam started using a DMO Suit.
As he got older and stronger he moved on to using DMO Shorts and a DMO Long-sleeved glove for his arm. He used both hinged an fixed AFO’s for about 3 years for his foot and ankle but he was finding them too restrictive. More recently he started using a DMO Dorsiflex sock which gave him much more flexibility.
Gill Nicholls - patient with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
“I am 36 years old and suffer from a rare condition called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. I have the hypermobile type. Which means I have loose, unstable joints that lead to dislocations all over my body. I am in constant pain and unable to work and lead a normal life. I live with my parents my Mother being my main carer. I contacted DMO, after consultations and exact measurements being taken I purchased a full body suit and support socks from them. I am now able to function day to day since wearing my suit, which I wear day and night. My pain has reduced and so have my dislocations. As the EDS now affects my feet I am wearing my socks during the day and these have kept me walking and out of a wheelchair. I highly recommend DMO support”.
Gill Nicholls, DMO patient with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.
James Griffiths - DMO patient
“The change was unbelievable! I felt as though I could walk – I can do it by myself.”
“I have a neurological condition which affects my balance and coordination.
Before I started using the products by DMO Medical I would regularly fall and would be heavily dependent on using a stick to keep my balance.
I had seen a number of specialists and had been having physio for a number of years but it had not had much of an effect. In summer 2013 my physiotherapist asked if I would be interested in meeting with Pam from DM Orthotics and trying some of their products. I didn’t think it would work but said I would give it a go.
I met with Pam who gave me a pair of DMO Shorts to try. So I put them on. I could not believe the difference they made. They were so rigid and felt just like another layer of skin. The support was so strong, they gave me a great sense of security – it was like having scaffolding around me. The change was unbelievable! I felt as though I could walk. I could do it by myself – I didn’t need a stick!”
Jai Srinivasan - DMO patient
“He has used many other hand braces but we prefer the DMO as it is not bulky and he is able to have more control over his fingers without compromising his wrist position”, Kate [Jai’s mum].
Jai Srinivasan has been using DMO products since the age of 1 for his cerebral palsy. Jai’s cerebral palsy causes him to have left sided weakness with his DMO glove enabling him to control his movements and also correct his wrist position through the bio mechanical panelling and strategic reinforcement.
Abi Foreman - DMO patient
Abigail (Abi) Foreman lives in the North East of England and has Dystonic Cerebral Palsy. Her condition causes her muscles to have increased rigidity and means she is a lot slower in her movements and she requires assistance from others for most daily tasks.
Abi was assessed for a DMO suit by Tina Findlay, her school physiotherapist at Percy Hedley Foundation in the North East. This was measured by Pam Cowans our Clinical Specialist for the area, who works closely with the physiotherapists and occupational therapists at the school.
Bailey Fleming - DMO patient
Bailey Fleming was one of the first DMO patients to trial the patented DMO glove back in 2006, and since then he has never looked back!
Bailey uses the DMO glove to help manage the physical effects of his unilateral cerebral palsy and after over a decade in DMO has made wearing it an essential part of his daily routine, benefitting from the additional support, proprioceptive feedback and postural alignment it provides.
“I was given my first DMO glove when I was a teenager. It took a couple of months to get used to due to initial discomfort, but it was well worth sticking with it as it has totally changed the mobility of my hand and arm”.
Scarlett - DMO patient
Scarlett is five years old. At six weeks old she was admitted to the paediatric ward of Ipswich hospital due to Meningitis.
Scarlett’s current diagnosis is global developmental delay, language and communication disorder and she also has sensory processing needs.
These conditions started when she was just a few months old when she would thrust her entire body up and down in her bouncy chair as a repetitive action.
She still does this action at five years old.
Ian Turner - DMO patient