What is the Mollii Suit?
Mollii brings rapid relief and help to people with symptoms such as spasticity, dystonia, muscle weakness, hypotonia, muscle rigidity, spasms, ataxia, athetoid movement, balance and control difficulties. It also helps ease the pain and fatigue which often occur in neurological and other movement disorders.
Just one hour’s use gives around 48 hours benefits and relief from the symptoms and is designed for easy use at home. An individual assessment reveals the initial effects in just one hour.
Each Suit is programmed for an individual’s needs and goals and fits in to your exercise, therapy or rehabilitation plan.
Contact us to discover more about what the Mollii Suit can do for you.
What can Mollii be used for?
- Reducing Spasticity, Spasms and Hypertonia - Making movement easier with more range and control as well as relieving aches and pain.
- In Muscle Weakness and Hypotonia - For activating and using muscles more easily,
helping posture, balance and alignment to facilitate training, rehabilitation and function.
- For Muscle Neglect or Inattention - Helping body awareness, balance and improved co-ordination.
- In Dystonic, Athetoid, Dyskinetic and Ataxic conditions – Mollii reduces the main patterns of unwanted movement and helps the weaker muscles to activate as needed. This encourages better posture, positioning and muscle control along with more comfort and calm.
- For Pain Relief – Mollii’s low frequency stimulation helps relieve tense and aching muscles and reduce pain associated with neurological and other chronic conditions.
How does it do this?
- Reducing Spasticity, Spasms and Hypertonia - Mollii’s electro-stimulation to a muscle prompts a normal, natural reaction in the opposite muscle to relax, reducing spasticity, spasms and muscle stiffness. This essential reaction called reciprocal inhibition is often lacking in people with neurological conditions, and needs extra help that Mollii provides.
- In Muscle Weakness and Hypotonia - The same natural reflex also activates the stimulated, weaker muscle to become easier to use and control.
- For Neglect or Inattention - Mollii’s sensory-type of stimulation enhances neurological feedback which is essential for the brain to initiate and control movement correctly.
- In Dystonic, Athetoid, Dyskinetic and Ataxic conditions - The stimulation relaxes muscles that are causing unwanted movements and activates others which may need help. This enables a calmer and more balanced state, helping posture, muscle control and function while reducing pain and distress.
- For Pain Relief - Mollii’s type of low frequency stimulation at 20Hz prompts pain reducing mechanisms in the same way as other TENS devices used for pain relief.
Who is Mollii for?
Almost anyone, mostly adults and children as young as 3 years old with:
- Cerebral Palsy - all types, GMFCS I - V
- Brain Injury - acquired and traumatic
- Multiple Sclerosis – relapsing/remitting, primary and secondary progressive stages, transverse myelitis
- Spinal Cord Injury – incomplete and complete lesions
- Stroke – all types
- Other neurological conditions, chronic pain and syndromes such as fibromyalgia.
Suits are available in many standard sizes, for children from about 3 years and adults up to 115kg / 18 stone and 2m / 6ft 6in tall.
Side-effects, Contraindications and Cautions
Beneficial side-effects are regularly reported by clients using Mollii such as pain relief, reduced fatigue/improved energy, improved sleep and improved bladder and bowel function as well as reduced need for some medications. Surveys of clients have reported cancellation of other treatments including surgery.
Adverse side-effects may occur but are easily managed or prevented. These can include temporary marks or skin irritation from the electrodes after use which fade in a few minutes or can be helped with washing and moisturiser. Bladder sensitivity has occasionally been reported which can be avoided with adjustments to stimulation settings.
Mollii is currently contraindicated for people who have implanted magnetic or electro-magnetic devices including shunts, pacemakers, vagus stimulators, intrathecal baclofen pumps, cochlear implants.
Some other conditions such as epilepsy, malignancy, cardiac conditions or broken skin require review before assessment. Contact us for further information.
How can I try a Mollii Suit?
Contact us to arrange your initial Mollii assessment to reveal the initial outcomes and neurological effects.
Our Mollii-trained therapist will assess you/the candidate and carry-out relevant outcomes measurements before the Suit is programmed and worn. During the 60 minute stimulation session, just relax! After the hour the outcome measurements will be repeated to reveal the initial results and neurological effects.
You/the candidate will receive a report and we can help you consider the options for the next steps. The assessment takes about 2 hours in total.
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Where has this clever suit come from?
Developed in Sweden from 2009, the Mollii Suit methodology was found to be particularly helpful to reduce spasticity and other muscle tone and movement disorders in adults and children with various neurological conditions.
Making it into an easily wearable garment was the key challenge for development. This was achieved with leading Swedish medical research and development institutes to produce forerunners of today’s version. The Suit was launched as a registered medical assistive device in 2012 across Europe is now used in many countries beyond. Information about the studies and clinical trials on Mollii can be found here.
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