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.
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.