When Mollii Suit appeared on Sweden’s Dragons’ Den, all five investors were in.

The deal clincher that day was young Joanna, a little girl with cerebral palsy who provided a powerful example of what the suit can do.

She shook hands with the dragons before and after the product’s mild electro-stimulation had been applied; the remarkable change in her mobility wowed the entrepreneurs into opening their cheque books.

In the nine years since, Joanna (pictured above in 2015) has continued to improve her motor functions immeasurably, and Mollii Suit has spread into rehab pathways across Europe.

“It’s my superhero suit,” said one child of the innovation in a recent qualitative study – and he was referencing much more that its Marvel-esque appearance.

Mollii Suit helps to improve movement and muscle control rapidly in people with spasticity, motor and movement disorders or abnormal muscle tone.

It is therefore becoming increasingly utilised by people with neurological conditions such as cerebral palsy, stroke, multiple sclerosis and brain and spinal cord injuries.

The suit, available for children age 3+, as well as adults, works by stimulating the antagonist to the spastic muscle with low-level electric current.

It is generally worn three or four times a week, for an hour at a time, often on a hired arrangement to start with and then it can be purchased outright.

Mollii Suit is designed to trigger reciprocal inhibition, the body’s own reflex, to reduce the tension in the spastic muscle and to help voluntary movement.

Rather than offering a short-term result which quickly fades, it is designed to take users past certain thresholds – beyond which are permanent improvements in motor function.

“We programme the suit to match each child’s needs, focusing on the symptoms, which is why the product is applicable across so many patient groups,” says Richard Welch, director of Remotion, Mollii Suit’s UK distributor.

“We are providing a very gentle level of sensory electro- stimulation which helps the body itself to rebalance its muscle tone and its own movements – and to be able to control movement.

“If you can control your movements, particularly for children, you can repeat them better and so the learning or relearning process improves.

“This makes therapy much more productive and effective.”

While helping therapists to oversee better outcomes, the product can also be a game- changer for parents.

“Often parents come to us after lots of challenging experiences.

“The alternatives to dealing with muscle tone and movement disorders include medication, which can make children drowsy and have other unpleasant side effects.

“Botox/botulinum toxin injections are often used which can be painful but must be repeated every few months when they wear off. And there is surgery usually involving losing some function to gain relief.

“This is something they can feel comfortable in, and use at home.”

To access Mollii Suit in the UK visit www.remotion.co.uk or contact Mollii@remotion.co.uk.

See links below for more on Mollii Suit:

Watch its appearance on Dragon’s Den here

Read a recent study by Monash University into Mollii Suit

A Danish study on the impact of Mollii Suit on children with cerebral palsy 

A pilot study observing the experiences of children and parents with Mollii Suit