Static Orthoses

They do not permit motion and are referred to as resting or positional splints (to position or hold the wrist and hand).

They are commonly fabricated from low temperature thermoplastic materials, but if a permanent orthosis is required, high temperature copolymer plastics are used.

Static Upper Extremity Othotic

static upper extremity othotic

Dynamic Orthoses

They permit movement, they are splints that provide a dynamic force, They are generally using energy storing materials like rubber bands, spring steel, wound coiled wire, or plastic with memory.

When range of motion of the elbow is lost, dynamic splint’s provide a low load with prolonged stretch of the soft tissues and skin over time.

They can be used to managing abnormal tone and neurological dysfunction. The aim is to improve functional abilities through the application of an orthosis designed to meet individual needs and objectives.

Each orthosis is made to achieve a snug fit as it is believed that increased pressure on certain muscle groups and improved proprioception via the snug fit of the orthosis leads to better awareness of the affected part of the body.

The resistance created by additional layers of reinforcing material adds a biomechanical influence to the improvement in control of movement.

The orthoses range from a glove for improved hand / upper limb function to a full body suit for whole body involvement. The style and design of the orthosis is based on the wearers’ ability and their functional objectives at the time of assessment.

Patients with neurological dysfunction as a result of cerebral palsy, stroke (CVA), head injury, multiple sclerosis and other neurological conditions may benefit from wearing an orthosis.