This New Electric Body Suit Can Help People With Multiple Sclerosis And Cerebral Palsy Walk

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A special body suit for people with cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, and strokes have had some remarkable results. The Mollii suit sends electrical stimulation to muscles, which can reduce pain and make movement easier. With the touch of a button, the Exopulse Mollii Suit gives you the power to control the symptoms of spasticity, a debilitating movement disorder that’s common in people affected by cerebral palsy (CP), multiple sclerosis (MS), stroke, and other neurological conditions.

Spastic cerebral palsy is the most common form of this condition, describing between 70 and 80 percent of all children with CP. It causes the muscles to be stiff and painful and the reflexes to be exaggerated. Most children with this form of CP will struggle to walk to some degree. They may also experience involuntary limb movement, continuous muscle spasms, joint contractures, and limited flexibility.

The Mollii suit is designed to be worn for just an hour every other day. It provides an easy, on-demand way to restore mobility and relieve spasticity-related pain. For users like Louisa, Max, and David, that hour makes all the difference in their day. The suit comprises 58 electrodes that send mild electrical stimulation to 40 key muscle groups. It is designed to relax spastic muscles using neurostimulation.

“When you turn a suit on, you activate a lot of electrodes on the inside of the suit to reach muscles that the brain cannot reach.” Some muscles are beyond the reach of the brain due to brain injury, and the suit replaces the signal that the brain can no longer produce,” Fredrick Lundqvist, chiropractor, and inventor of the Exopulse Mollii Suit, told BBC News. The suit, according to Ottobock, is designed to be worn for an hour every other day and provides a simple, on-demand way to restore mobility and relieve spasticity-related pain.

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