“I can achieve what I want to now,” says Chloe, an active teenager who loves ballet, tap dancing and drama. “My condition doesn’t dominate my life – it doesn’t define who I am.”
Not so long ago, that wouldn’t have seemed possible.
Aged 11 and gripped with pain from the curvature in her spine caused by scoliosis, Chloe found it hard just to get dressed. “There was very little information available about the condition,” said Chloe’s mum, Jo. “We searched for something that could help her as she was in such agony. I found DM Orthotics who were extremely supportive and arranged for her to be fitted with a scoliosis suit.”
Chloe couldn’t be happier with the bespoke support that the orthosis provides.
“It was a little strange at first and threw my balance,” she says. “I was reassured though, that this meant the suit was working as it should, re-aligning my spine and training my muscles to act in a new and corrected way. I soon got used to it and it now feels like another layer of skin. Combined with physiotherapy, the scoliosis suit has enabled me to stand more upright, improved my balance and given me greater confidence.”
Alex is a young boy who loves to run and play football with his friends. Not so long ago, though, he couldn’t keep his balance as he has classic Ehlers-Danlos syndromes (EDS) which means his body’s connective tissue and collagen becomes fragile and stretchy. The condition was causing him an immense amount of pain in his lower body and he would often fall as a result. Now, after being fitted with dynamic movement orthosis (DMO) leggings, he is much more in control and active.
“His teachers have commented on how ‘steady’ he is and are no longer afraid of him stepping on others or losing his balance,” says mum, Jacqui. “Alex hasn’t fallen in the last 12 months, so he hasn’t needed his usual trip to Accident and Emergency to be glued. As well as running and playing football, he has the confidence to scale climbing frames, hop and jump around – whereas before, he was fearful in case he injured himself or the activity hurt.
“When he isn’t wearing his DMO, he no longer hyperextends his knees, rotates his legs or sticks his bottom out to maintain his posture – instead he stands in a beautiful midline symmetrical position.”
DM Orthotics has introduced a new DMO Essentials online range that includes stability shorts and a shoulder stability orthosis.
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