The Sensory Dynamic Orthosis (SDO®) Assessment



Interested in finding out more about our Lycra range, contact us to speak with one of our Orthotist today.

A clinical assessment for SDO Lycra will be required by one of our specialist clinicians to ensure suitability and assess the correct Lycra device needed. Our specialist, fully certified clinicians are available at our new clinic location based in Minworth, Birmingham or available to travel to you to carry out a full assessment. A £50 assessment cost is required to access this service (There may be additional costs for travel expenses). The £50 assessment fee is refundable on purchase.

You can book a consultation with highly qualified clinicians for an assessment for SDO Body lycra, measuring and ordering of the product. Our clinicians will be able to guide you to the product that is required and you can choose from a range of styles and designs.

The Sensory Dynamic Orthosis (SDO®) is a made to measure Lycra Garment (Class 1) medical device, designed and produced to the finest detail. It provides dynamic compression to increase sensory and proprioceptive feedback as well as provide musculoskeletal support.

This lycra garment can assist and lead to motor learning and neural integration. Through the use of an SDO® providing constant, consistent compression, stretch, support and sensory information the patient is given the effect of therapeutic handling for the time that the garment is worn.

Clinical observations and the evidence available shows that wearing the SDO® leads to an improvement in positioning, posture and function because it provides musculo-skeletal alignment, postural stability and sensory feedback.

This is thought to be due to the stimulation of the somatosensory and musculo-skeletal systems which give changes in tone and postural alignment. This will then lead to improved proximal stability and improved biomechanical advantage for muscle activation and enhancement of learning strategies.

Features and Indications

The stretch quality of the Polycotton Lycra material in conjunction with the resistance provided by the Lycra powernet used in the fabrication of the SDO® can provide and improve:

    • Sensory and proprioceptive feedback
    • Musculo-skeletal support and alignment
    • Postural control and proximal stability
    • Quality of movement
    • Function
    • Fabric Composition polycotton 17% Cotton, 32% Elastane and 51% Polyamide

Through clinical experience positive responses have been demonstrated from the wearing of a Lycra garment in patients with the following diagnoses on a regular basis:

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Acquired Spinal Injury
  • Cerebellar Ataxia
  • Spina Bifida
  • Cerebral Vascular Accident /Stroke
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Dystonia
  • Hypermobility
  • EDS

The SDO® can also be used for the management of conditions with joint instability and sensory deficit:

  • Persistent low tone including developmental delay
  • Inherited conditions e.g. Ehlers Danlos Syndrome
  • Hyper-mobility and joint laxity
  • Any condition with sensory modulation challenges

There are a range of SDO devices available to cover a single or multiple joints:

  • Full suit
  • Vest
  • Short/ long sleeved vest
  • Shoulder support
  • Elbow support
  • Wrist and hand supports
  • Shorts
  • Leggings

Each of these are made to measure to suit your individual requirements by our specialist Orthotist.

If you have any questions please contact a member of the team using our online form

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