Dynamic Movement orthoses or Lycra garments/suits have been used in orthotic treatments for more than 10 years, but it was only recently that a reliable company providing high-quality innovative suits emerged – DM Orthotics Ltd. Their Dynamic Movement orthosis is designed to apply a global compression to the joint and body segment that it is worn over. This compression acts to increase the client’s awareness of that part of the body, a process called proprioception.
The suits are made from complex panels of Lycra that compress over specific muscle groups. Detailed measurements are needed of the client’s body in order to manufacture the suit. In addition to the Lycra, we can add elasticated panels to add a biomechanical effect to specific areas of the suit. The elasticated panels allow us to gain control of postural problems, such as protracted shoulders, kyphotic posture or internally rotated limbs.
With increased proprioception, a person can often control that part of the body more effectively. With increased proprioception to the trunk, balance and posture can be significantly improved.
Dynamic Movement orthoses can be beneficial in treating many different types of neurological dysfunction found in Cerebral Palsy, Brain Injury, Multiple Sclerosis, and other neurological conditions.
Compliance is key to the success of this orthosis, the suits are designed to be very close fitting. In our experience, the functional benefits outweigh any comfort issues.
We have the following facilities and amenities at our Kingston Upon Thames location:
We also have the Gait Laboratory for orthotics patients and Onsite Manufacturing for speedy turnarounds and adjustments whilst you wait.
An insole is a contoured orthotic device which alters the characteristics and biomechanics of the foot and ankle area. Biomechanics are concerned with mechanical laws and how they affect the living body, especially the musculoskeletal system.
They are removable devices, often made from plastic, that are designed to fit inside a shoe to provide additional support for your feet. As well as offering shock absorption, an insole can help distribute the weight of your body more effectively across the foot and can be made bespoke to cover a range of biomechanical conditions.
If you have symptoms in your feet, ankles, hips or your lower back that are intermittent or were not there to start with in early life, and have started to cause you pain over a period of time, bespoke orthotic insoles could be an excellent option.
If you have already tried rest, icing, compression and elevation and your feet have not recovered, we recommend a biomechanical assessment to consider the possibility of insoles. They are a non-invasive approach to treatment and in many cases, are a great option for symptoms that are not severe enough to warrant surgical intervention. Alternatively, they can be considered as an option prior to surgery.
We will send patients away when an insole is not appropriate, if a patient is suffering with iliotibial band syndrome for example, the problem can be helped with physiotherapy and a stretching programme. That’s what our biomechanical assessment is all about; determining whether there would be any benefit from altering the alignment of your feet.
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