DMO’s help change life for cartoonist
DM Orthotics have given a new lease of life to cartoonist, Hannah Ensor. Hannah who has Hypermobility Type EDS and POTS has been using a combination of the company’s products to alleviate the symptoms of her conditions helping her to become more independent and less reliant on a wheelchair. She was also able to stop taking prescribed medication for her POTS only a few weeks after using her DMO’s, something she was really pleased to do.
Hannah speaks of the changes that she has undergone,
“I discovered DM Orthotics 3 years ago and I can honestly say being introduced to their products completely changed my life. The enhanced proprioception means I have awareness of the whole of my body – it’s awesome! The improvement in sensation was instantaneous – it was really quite unbelievable. With my full DMO outfit I can walk a few metres and talk at the same time – trust me, this is totally awesome!”
Hannah uses a DMO Vest, DMO Leggings and DMO Socks as an alternative to a full DMO Suit for greater flexibility of use. DM Orthotics clinician Liz Betts explains her choice of prescription,
“Ehlers Danlos Syndrome means without aid Hannah is very unstable and is prone to a number of symptoms. This adds to her POTS, increasing its pre-potency. The use of multiple DMO’s would not only improve her stability and proprioception but also improve her blood circulation, alleviating some of the blood pooling and low blood pressure symptoms. We opted for single items as opposed to a full suit as it would give her greater versatility and flexibility of movement.”
Before using DMO’s Hannah was tied to a rigid management programme for her conditions involving; injections every three weeks, a specific diet, wearing conventional compression stockings and a cooling vest, specific exercises and lying down frequently to try and manage the blood pooling issues. Hannah explains the difficult effects this had on her everyday life,
“Although this [the programme] helped it was not ideal. The injections were painful and the medication could take a week to become fully effective, peaking for about a week and then wearing off again. My symptoms varied hugely and I struggled to ‘pace’ my activities – it was like the goalposts were constantly moving, and I often couldn’t do the exercises essential to managing my EDS. I often missed out on things because they happened at the wrong point in my medication cycle.”
Within three weeks of using her DMO’s she was able to come off the medication she was taking for her POTS. This also led to cost benefits for the NHS where the prescription of DMO’s led to a 75% saving versus the cost medication.
Now, Hannah is able to plan her time so she can get the most out of her DMO’s and consequently, the most out of life and running her illustration business, Stickman Communications.
“The use of the DMO’s has given me so many more possibilities in life. I am stronger and fitter, and can cope better with being out of my house for several hours at a time. I’m still reliant on my wheelchair, and have to manage a complex set of symptoms, but my DMOs are a tool I wouldn’t be without – I no longer have to plan my life around a medication cycle, I can socialise and work to my own schedule; my DMOs have given me back control.”