FAQs

BioPodsTM Questions

How do BioPods products work?

Variable Reflex Activating PodsTM
BioPods insoles feature variable reflex activating Pods that target the arch area, making them extremely effective. The Pods are made from our proprietary thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) materials, which are extremely springy and durable.

As you use the BioPods insoles, the Pods retain their volume and springiness while the insole body gradually compacts slightly around them. This causes a gentle increase in stimulus intensity that allows the neuromuscular systems throughout your feet, legs, hips and back to safely and naturally adjust as your protective reflex mechanics are retrained.

Do BioPods products actually “fix” foot-related problems?

Maladaption is the Leading Cause of Most Foot-Related Problems

Almost all conventional footwear interferes with healthy natural foot function to some degree. This is particularly true of shoes that restrict your ability to raise your toes, provide extra “support and cushioning,” or incorporate excessive motion-control features. Over time, these restrictive and less stimulating footwear environments cause the feet to maladapt. This maladaption is a leading cause of most foot-related problems.

Neuromuscular Protective Reflex mechanisms are responsible for bone alignment and muscular stabilization throughout the feet, legs, hips, and back. These mechanisms are crucial for safe and healthy management of the stresses and forces that are generated during a wide range of activity.

Protective reflexes are unconscious neuromuscular activations triggered by sensory stimulus in response to a perceived threat to the body’s well being. One example of this is reflexively extending the hands outward when falling.

Protective reflex mechanisms also play an important role in preventing harm when you walk, run, or engage in any other strenuous activity. Ideally, while a foot is on the ground, the neuro networks pick up sensory information that relate to subtle variances in terrain, force related intensities to the sole of the foot and at the joints throughout the feet, legs, hips, and back, and proprioceptive spatial orientation relative to the activity. The body’s protective reflex mechanisms use this sensory information to trigger “protective” muscle activations through the other foot, leg and hip, while that limb is off the ground, in anticipation of ground contact force and alignment requirements. This dynamic occurs step after step.

In an unrestrictive environment, healthy alignment promotes a balance of strength and flexibility and reduces the stress and strain.

There is a synergistic relationship between proprioceptive mechanisms and reflex function. In other words, what affects one area has a corresponding affect on the other areas. When functional mechanics adapt or maladapt through repetition and become reflexive, all areas are equally affected.

BioPods – Address the cause and not just the symptoms

BioPods Are Not An Instant Fix But Work Gradually, Much Like An Exercise Program

BioPods are designed to encourage healthy protective reflex function and work in harmony with the natural dynamic movement of the feet rather than attempt to artificially support, cushion, control, or restrict.

BioPods provide a safe “spring-like” variable stimulus under the center of your arches that continually engages and optimizes your body’s protective reflexes in the feet, legs, hips and back when walking, running, or other weight-bearing movement.

Regular variable stimulus challenges the body’s natural proprioceptive and protective reflex mechanisms, causing them to adapt towards healthier function. Even though the stimulus is located under the sole of the foot, it affects proprioceptive and reflex function in the feet, legs, hips, and back.

Soft Tissue Adaptation Phase

When using BioPods for the first time, the body’s neuromuscular systems will undergo a Soft Tissue Adaptation Phase as the feet, legs, hips, and back respond to BioPods’ stimulus. As with any neuromuscular muscle training, the Soft Tissue Adaptation Phase takes approximately 6-8 weeks for most individuals but can take longer for those sufferers noted below. During this period, it is normal to experience transitory twinges or tightness in various areas at different times. It is during this period that latent historical scar tissue or fibrosis may become noticeable in the form of soreness. Seek advice from medical professionals who specialize in soft tissue mobilization, as noted below, if soreness persists.

Please Note:

BioPods does not treat already damaged tissue, such as scar tissue or fibrosis that has been caused by trauma or maladaptation related degenerative stresses from poor foot mechanics and function. Damaged tissues can be treated by a medical professional with complementary conventional mobilization therapies such as ultrasound, deep tissue massage, A.R.T. (Active Release Technique), or Graston Technique, as appropriate.

RECOMMENDATION for sufferers of chronic myofascial pain, fibromyalgia, plantar fibrosis, or multiple trigger points:

It may take longer to adapt to BioPods’ stimulus. It is possible that enough inelastic scar tissue or fibrosis has developed to cause transient pain or “sticking points” that will reveal themselves during the Soft Tissue Adjustment Phase. In these instances, a medical professional can apply a regime of complimentary soft tissue mobilization therapies such as ultrasound, deep tissue massage, A.R.T. (Active Release Technique), Graston Technique, etc., to break down the scar tissue or fibrosis and restore elasticity to the soft tissues for full mobility.

What size of Biopods Insoles should I choose?

Choose the correct size for optimal benefits

To get optimal benefit from BioPods Insoles it is important that the variable reflex Pods are positioned properly under the arch area of each foot. EachBioPods Insole size is designed to accommodate a variety of foot widths by simply trimming the insoles to fit your shoes.

Choosing the correct size is easy

Choose the BioPods insole size that matches your foot or most of your shoe sizes.

What if my shoe size varies with different footwear brands, or I am between sizes?

It is easy to be confused about foot size now that few sizing standards exist between footwear brands. If you are uncertain about your shoe size or if you are between sizes, measuring your foot is the most precise way to find your optimal Biopods Insole size.

Simply follow the directions below on measuring your feet and then use the Size Chart to identify your BioPodsinsole size.

TIP for those between sizes:
If you have a longer arch and shorter toes: select the Larger Biopods Insole size.
If you have shorter arch and longer toes: choose the Smaller Biopods Insole size.

Measuring your feet

Place a piece of paper flush against a door jam or wall and place one foot on the paper with your heel touching the door jam or wall. With a pen or pencil, make a mark at the end of your longest toe. Repeat with the other foot. Use a ruler to measure the distance from the back of the paper that was touching the wall, to the marks that you have made.
Compare your foot length measurements with the appropriate Children’s, Women’s, or Men’s size ranges in the Chart, below, to find your correct Biopods Insole size.

Insole Size Chart

BIOPODS CHILDREN’S SIZES

 

 

 

 

 

 

BIOPODS WOMENS’ SIZES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What is healthy foot function?

What is Healthy Foot Function and how does it affect my legs, hips and back?

Our daily activities and the environments determine our body’s neuromuscular functional capability because our neuromuscular and skeletal systems are continually adapting.

For example, if we challenge the body through regular exercise, it adapts by becoming stronger and more capable. Conversely, a lack of exercise causes it to adapt by becoming weaker and less capable.

Your feet are no different. They require appropriate stimulus and regular exercise for optimal strength and flexibility just like every other part of the body’s neuro-musculoskeletal system. Whenever you walk or run barefoot on varied terrain, your feet naturally receive the varied sensory stimulus and exercise they need to stay healthy and strong.

Proprioception and Foot & Leg Function

Proprioceptive Sense (proprioception) is the neuromuscular process that is involved the spatial positioning of your limbs and their parts in the following ways:

1. The parts in relation to each other and to the limb as a whole.
2. The parts and limb in relation to the body’s core.

Proprioception is also involved in coordinating your limbs’ conscious and reflexive movements. Through repetition, conscious proprioceptive movements can become unconscious or reflexive.

Most importantly, there is a synergistic relationship between the proprioceptive and reflex mechanisms in the feet, legs, hips, and back. When the functional mechanics of one area adapts or maladapts through repetition and becomes reflexive, all areas are equally affected.

Protective Reflex Mechanisms and Foot & Leg Function

Protective reflexes are unconscious neuromuscular activations triggered by sensory stimulus in response to a perceived threat to the body’s well being. One example of this is reflexively extending the hands outward when falling.

Protective reflex mechanisms also play an important role in preventing harm when you walk, run, or engage in any other strenuous activity. Ideally, while a foot is on the ground, the neuro networks pick up sensory information that relate to subtle variances in terrain, force related intensities to the sole of the foot and at the joints throughout the feet, legs, hips, and back, and proprioceptive spatial orientation relative to the activity. The body’s protective reflex mechanisms use this sensory information to trigger “protective” muscle activations through the other foot, leg and hip, while that limb is off the ground, in anticipation of ground contact force and alignment requirements. This dynamic occurs step after step.

In an unrestrictive environment, healthy alignment promotes a balance of strength and flexibility and reduces the stress and strain.

For healthy foot function, it is crucial that the toes and arches are able to dynamically rise and fall in response to varying forces to ensure that optimal musculoskeletal alignment and mechanics are maintained throughout the feet, legs, hips, and back.

Foot Function and Performance

Virtually everyone benefits from a strong balanced foundation, regardless of age. Strong healthy feet allow you to stand, walk, and run pain free and provide the greatest degree of mechanical efficiency up through the legs, hips, and back. Rather than compensating for poor alignment, more muscle energy can be directed towards performance.

Impediments to Healthy Foot & Leg Function

Optimal foot health is frequently misunderstood. Throughout our lives, we have been taught that our feet must be supported and cushioned to be problem free in spite of the fact that long term support and cushioning are not recommended in any other area of musculoskeletal medicine to rehabilitate or improve function. Long periods of artificial support and a chronic lack of sufficient or varied stimulation are proven to cause maladaption, reduce strength and flexibility, increase stiffness and pain, and promote dependence in the target areas, all with negative consequences for the entire body.

Almost all conventional footwear interferes with healthy natural neuromuscular function in the feet, legs, hips, and back to some degree. This is particularly true with footwear that restricts the ability of the toes and arches to rise upward, provides extra “support and cushioning,” or incorporates excessive motion-control features. Over time, restrictive and less stimulating footwear environments, cause neuromuscular maladaption throughout the feet, legs, hips, and back, which is a leading cause of most foot-related problems.

BioPodsTM – stimulate optimal neuromuscular function

BioPods are designed to encourage healthy protective reflex function and work in harmony with the natural dynamic movement of the feet. They are not designed to artificially support, cushion, control, or restrict. When using BioPods, your shoes should be loosely laced to allow room for adequate foot flexion.

BioPods provide a safe “spring-like” variable stimulus under the center of your arches that continually engages and optimizes your body’s protective reflexes in the feet, legs, hips and back when walking, running, or other weight-bearing movement.

Regular variable stimulus challenges the body’s natural proprioceptive and protective reflex mechanisms and causes them to adapt towards healthier function. Even though the stimulus is under the sole of the foot, it affects proprioceptive and reflex function up through the legs, hips, and back.

Soft Tissue Adaptation Phase

When using BioPods for the first time, the body’s neuromuscular systems will undergo a Soft Tissue Adaptation Phase as the feet, legs, hips, and back respond to BioPods’ stimulus. As with any neuromuscular muscle training, the Soft Tissue Adaptation Phase takes approximately 6-8 weeks for most individuals but can take longer for those sufferers noted below. During this period, it is normal to experience transitory twinges or tightness in various areas at different times. It is during this period that latent historical scar tissue or fibrosis may become noticeable in the form of soreness. Seek advice from medical professionals who specialize in soft tissue mobilization, as noted below, if soreness persists.

Please Note:

BioPods do not treat already damaged tissue, such as scar tissue or fibrosis that has been caused by trauma or maladaptation related degenerative stresses from poor foot mechanics and function. Damaged tissues can be treated by a medical professional with complementary conventional mobilization therapies such as ultrasound, deep tissue massage, A.R.T. (Active Release Technique), or Graston Technique, as appropriate.

RECOMMENDATION for sufferers of chronic myofascial pain, fibromyalgia, plantar fibrosis, or multiple trigger points:

It may take longer to adapt to BioPods’ stimulus. It is possible that enough inelastic scar tissue or fibrosis has developed to cause transient pain or “sticking points” that will reveal themselves during the Soft Tissue Adjustment Phase. In these instances, a medical professional can apply a regime of complementary soft tissue mobilization therapies such as ultrasound, deep tissue massage, A.R.T. (Active Release Technique), Graston Technique, etc., to break down the scar tissue or fibrosis and restore elasticity to the soft tissues for full mobility.

Science-Related Questions

What is Optimal Neuromuscular Function?

Neuromuscular and Skeletal Adaptation

The body’s neuromuscular and skeletal systems continually adapt to the way we use our bodies. How we regularly use our bodies and the environments we use them in determine our overall functional capability.

For example, challenging the body with regular exercise causes it to adapt by strengthening and becoming more capable. Conversely, the body will also adapt to a lack of exercise by weakening and becoming less capable.

Integral to our body’s functional capabilities are the neuro-networks that first collect sensory information through touch, pressure, pain, and spatial positioning before sending signals to trigger muscle activations. These neuro networks also adapt to challenges imposed, or the relative lack of sensory information, by usage and environmental influences.

 

Proprioception and Reflexes

The “coordination” of our limb and body movements is determined by proprioceptive sense or “Proprioception.” Whenever we move, the body’s neuromuscular and skeletal systems are involved.

Neuromuscular Function

The neuromuscular system is responsible for muscle activations that control the movement of the body. The phrase “use it or lose it” is often applied to neuromuscular functional capabilities.

The body’s muscular reflex actions, such as its innate Protective Reflexes and conditioned reflexes, involve proprioception, which is the body’s ability to “sense” the relative position of its neighboring parts and the degree of effort being employed in movement. Proprioceptive movements can either be conscious or unconscious (reflexive). With sufficient regular repetition or training, conscious proprioceptive movements gradually become unconscious.

Conditioned Responses

Proprioceptive abilities are adaptive; regular use and environment hones their functional capabilities. Examples of this are learning to write, walk, swing a club, catch a ball, or drive a car. Initial conscious focus on the activity gives way to unconscious and reflexive movement through repetition.

Similarly, the body’s protective reflex responses are conditioned through use. Protective reflexes can be triggered by a variety of sensory stimuli, such as touch, vision, and fearful anticipation (psychological). Brush your hand too close to a flame and it will reflexively pull away. Trip and fall and, before you can think, your hands will reflexively reach out to protect you from impact. However, when an experienced driver in the passenger seat of a car reacts to perceived danger by reflexively pressing a non-existent brake pedal, that is consciously trained Protective Reflex in action. By repeatedly practicing a new response of sufficient intensity and duration, you can modify a reflexive proprioceptive movement or reaction to an alternative adaptation.

Environmental Influences

Environmental influences significantly impact proprioceptive and protective reflex functional capabilities. For example, if an avid writer’s hand and wrist are put in a cast, that area’s functional capability will quickly adapt to the restrictiveness and lack of stimulation by losing much of its “coordination” and strength capability. This lost function or maladaptation can be regained by consciously retraining the proprioceptive movements through repetition so that area adapts to where optimal function becomes reflexive again.

Sweet Spot Function and Healthy Adaptation

Everyone has a “sweet spot” for optimal musculoskeletal function, which is the point where stressors actually enhance the capabilities of the body. This is known as healthy stress. Each individual’s Sweet Spot Function is encouraged and enhanced by activities that promote a balance of strength and flexibility in opposing muscle groups at the joints.

Daily activities or movements that encourage Sweet Spot Function lead to optimal proprioceptive conditioning by safely increasing the musculoskeletal structure’s functional capabilities and reducing the risk of injury and degenerative stress. In the world of athletics, this is also known as “training with proper technique.”
Even those with severe genetic deformities or those who have suffered irreversible debilitating trauma, joint fusion, or similar ailments, will have an optimal functional sweet spot, though these capabilities may be limited.

Maladaption and Degenerative Stresses

The body maladapts when it is unable to safely manage stressors that exceed its conditioned functional capabilities. Maladaption in the form of weakening, can develop in response to the lack of stressors.

Most individuals, regardless of genetic predisposition, exhibit maladapted Proprioceptive and Reflex function in proportion to their daily activities and environment.

In sports training, “poor technique” conditions less than optimal musculoskeletal function, encourages maladaptation and degenerative stress, increases risk of injury, and hampers performance capabilities. In this situation, stressors created during functional use exceed the sweet spot by pushing structural function beyond safe or healthy tolerances. The resultant degenerative stresses cause, contribute to, or exacerbate systematic breakdowns and disease.

Engaging in daily poor technique activities causes maladaptation as the body attempts to compensate for the degenerative stressors and proprioceptive and mechanical inefficiencies, which leads to imbalances of:

1. strength and weakness;

2. flexibility and inflexibility; and

3. stiffness and pain at the joints or in the muscles.

Often, maladaptive proprioceptive and mechanical functions remain reflexive long after the actual stressors have ceased or been retrained away.

Some soft tissue and bone tissue damage will present obvious symptoms, while some fibrosis and scar tissue may be symptom-free. The inelastic nature of fibrotic or scar tissue further contributes to maladaptive function.

Aside from severe genetic deformities and acute trauma, the majority of foot, leg, hip, and back problems and pain are caused by functional maladaptions that have become reflexive and the related degenerative stresses this causes. These conditioned reflexive inefficiencies impair the body’s ability to safely manage increased activity.

Therapeutic programs that incorporate proper technique are the most effective means to safely retrain the reflexive maladapted function in the feet, legs, hips, and back. By employing repetitive proper technique activities, your body’s proprioceptive and reflex function re-adapt so that healthier optimal function becomes reflexive.

BioPodsTM – The rehabilitative alternative

The Proprioceptive Protective Reflex Mechanisms of the Lower Limbs

Proprioceptive Protective Reflex mechanisms are responsible for bone alignment and muscular stabilization in the feet, legs, hips, and back. An unrestrictive environment fosters ideal alignment for a balance of strength and flexibility to effectively reduce stress and strain throughout.

Proprioceptive mechanisms and reflex function in these areas are synergistic. What affects each area has a corresponding effect on other areas. When functional mechanics adapt or maladapt through repetition and become reflexive, all areas are affected equally.

Effects of Conventional Footwear

Almost all conventional footwear interferes with healthy natural foot function to some degree. This is particularly true of footwear that restricts how high the toes and arches can rise upward, provides extra support and cushioning, and has excessive motion-control features. Over time, these restrictive and less stimulating footwear environments cause the feet to maladapt, which is a leading cause of most foot-related problems.

BioPods Stimulate to Strengthen and Revitalize

BioPods are designed to encourage healthy protective reflex function and work in harmony with the natural dynamic movement of the feet. They do not attempt to artificially support, cushion, control, or restrict the feet. When using BioPods insoles, lace your shoes shoes more loosely to allow room for adequate foot flexion.

BioPods insoles and footwear provide a safe “spring-like” variable stimulus under the center of your arches that continually engages and optimizes your body’s Protective Reflexes in the feet, legs, hips, and back when walking, running, or other weight-bearing movement.

Regular variable stimulus challenges the body’s natural protective reflex mechanisms and causes them to adapt towards healthier function. Even though the stimulus is under the sole of the foot, it affects proprioceptive and reflex function up through the feet, legs, hips, and back.

Soft Tissue Adaptation Phase

When using BioPods for the first time, the body’s neuromuscular systems will undergo a Soft Tissue Adaptation Phase as the feet, legs, hips, and back respond to BioPods’ stimulus. As with any neuromuscular muscle training, the Soft Tissue Adaptation Phase takes approximately 6-8 weeks for most individuals but can take longer for those sufferers noted below. During this period, it is normal to experience transitory twinges or tightness in various areas at different times. It is during this period that latent historical scar tissue or fibrosis may become noticeable in the form of soreness. Seek advice from medical professionals who specialize in soft tissue mobilization, as noted below, if soreness persists.

Please Note:

BioPods do not treat already damaged tissue, such as scar tissue or fibrosis that has been caused by trauma or maladaptation related degenerative stresses from poor foot mechanics and function. Damaged tissues can be treated by a medical professional with complementary conventional mobilization therapies such as ultrasound, deep tissue massage, A.R.T. (Active Release Technique), or Graston Technique, as appropriate.

RECOMMENDATION for sufferers of chronic myofascial pain, fibromyalgia, plantar fibrosis, or multiple trigger points:

It may take longer to adapt to BioPods stimulus. It is possible that enough inelastic scar tissue or fibrosis has developed to cause transient pain or “sticking points” that will reveal themselves during the Soft Tissue Adjustment Phase. In these instances, a medical professional can apply a regime of complementary soft tissue mobilization therapies such as ultrasound, deep tissue massage, A.R.T. (Active Release Technique), Graston Technique, etc., to break down the scar tissue or fibrosis and restore elasticity to the soft tissues for full mobility.

How does conventional footwear negatively impact foot function?

How Does Conventional Footwear Negatively Impact Foot Function?

It is no surprise that optimal foot health is so frequently misunderstood. All our lives we have been taught that our feet must be supported and cushioned to be problem free. Did you know that long term support and cushioning are not recommended in any other area of musculoskeletal medicine to rehabilitate or improve function? Extended periods of artificial support and a chronic lack of direct stimulation are proven to cause maladaptation, reduce strength and flexibility, increase stiffness and pain, and promote dependence in the target areas, all with negative consequences for the entire body.

Almost all conventional footwear interferes with healthy natural foot function to some degree. This is particularly true of shoes that restrict the raising of the toes and arches, provide extra “support and cushioning,” or incorporate excessive motion-control features. Over time, the the neuromuscular function throughout the feet, legs, hips and back maladapt as the feet conform to these restrictive and less stimulating footwear environments. This maladaptation is a leading cause of most foot-related problems.

Conventional footwear inhibits natural healthy foot & Leg function

Integral to our body’s functional capabilities are the neuro networks that both collect sensory information (touch, pressure, pain, and spatial positioning) and send signals to the trigger muscle activations. These neuro networks also adapt to challenges imposed, or not, by usage and environmental influences.

The “coordination” of our limb and body movements is determined by proprioceptive sense or “Proprioception.” Proprioception is how the body’s neuro networks work synergistically to processes information relating to the coordination of the spatial positioning of the limbs (and their related parts individually and collectively) relative to the body’s core as we go about our activities.

Proprioception is involved in the body’s muscular reflex actions such as the body’s innate protective reflexes and conditioned reflexes.

Proprioceptive related protective reflex mechanisms are responsible for the bone alignment and muscular stabilization throughout the feet, legs, hips, and back that is required to safely manage the stresses and forces generated during all types of activity. In an unrestrictive environment, this ideal alignment promotes a balance of strength and flexibility, which effectively reduces the stress and strain throughout.

The proprioceptive and touch, pressure and pain neuo networks, and protective reflex neuro networks throughout the feet, legs, hips, and back are synergistically related; what affects one neuromuscular network has a corresponding effect on the other neuromuscular networks. When the functional mechanics positively adapts or maladapts through repetition and becomes reflexive, all areas are equally affected.

Optimal Foot Function Dynamics / Requirements

During optimal foot function, while a foot is on the ground, the neuro networks pick up sensory information relating to subtle variances in terrain, force related intensities (to the sole of the foot and at the joints throughout the feet, legs, hips, and back), and proprioceptive spatial orientation relative to the activity. The body’s protective reflex mechanisms use this sensory information to trigger “protective” muscle activations throughout the other foot, leg and hip, while that limb is off the ground, in anticipation of ground contact force and alignment requirements. This dynamic occurs step after step. These protective reflex muscle activations cause a dynamic and synergistic raising of the aches and great toes (the Windlass Effect). The greater the activity related forces, the higher the arches and toes rise upward.

The Effect of Cushioning Footwear on Foot and Leg Function

The cushioning effect of conventional footwear dampens the sensory stimulus to the soles of the feet, which triggers in an insufficient protective reflex response throughout the feet, legs, and hips. The result is poor ground force management, instability, inefficient propulsion, and degenerative stress. Over time, maladaptive musculoskeletal mechanics are conditioned and become reflexive.

The Effect of Supportive and Restrictive Footwear on Foot and Leg Function

Enclosed footwear with rigid soles and tight toe boxes, which are restrictive over the arch (tight lacing), act like a cast or splint on the feet. By limiting the dynamic and natural action of raising the arch and toes, which is what the protective reflexes attempt to trigger, instability throughout the feet, legs and hips, poor ground force management, inefficient propulsion, and degenerative stresses result.

Maladaptation, functional instability, poor skeletal alignment, and damaging degenerative stresses increase relative to the degree of cushioning, support, and restrictiveness of the footwear.

Eventually, maladaptive function becomes the “dysfunctional norm” and the feet and lower limb lose their ability to effectively respond to ever changing environmental forces by becoming mechanically weaker and less efficient. The maladaptive musculoskeletal mechanics become reflexive to the extent that the protective reflexes are trained to stop firing.

The resultant maladapted function and related degenerative stresses cause or contribute to the majority of foot-related pathologies, not only in the feet, but also in the legs, hips, and back. Common symptoms include: pain, stiffness, swelling in joints and other supporting structures of the body (muscles, tendons, ligaments, and bones), muscle atrophy, muscle hypertrophy (overuse), tissue damage, fibrosis/scar tissue, and loss of bone density.

This dysfunctional maladaptive norm can only be reversed by:

a. altering or eliminating the footwear environment that facilitated the maladaptive proprioceptive muscle function, and

b. employing rehabilitative therapies (exercise/conditioning) that retrain optimal proprioceptive muscle activity and promote “healthy” stressors.

BioPodsTM insoles and footwear – encourage optimal foot function

BioPods insoles and footwear are designed to encourage healthy protective reflex function and work in harmony with the natural dynamic movement of the feet rather than attempt to artificially support, cushion, control, or restrict. When using BioPods insoles and footwear your shoes should be loosely laced to allow room for adequate foot flexion.

BioPods insoles and footwear provide a safe “spring-like” variable stimulus under the center of your arches that continually engages and optimizes your body’s protective reflexes in the feet, legs, hips and back when walking, running, or other weight-bearing movement.

Regular variable stimulus challenges the body’s natural proprioceptive and protective reflex mechanisms and causes them to adapt towards healthier function. Even though the stimulus is at the sole of the foot, it affects proprioceptive and reflex function in the feet, legs, hips, and back.

Soft Tissue Adaptation Phase

When using BioPods insoles and footwear for the first time, the body’s neuromuscular systems will undergo a Soft Tissue Adaptation Phase as the feet, legs, hips, and back respond to the BioPods’ stimulus. As with any neuromuscular muscle training, the Soft Tissue Adaptation Phase takes approximately 6-8 weeks for most individuals but can take longer for those sufferers noted below. During this period, it is normal to experience transitory twinges or tightness in various areas at different times. It is during this period that latent historical scar tissue or fibrosis may become noticeable in the form of soreness. Seek advice from medical professionals who specialize in soft tissue mobilization, as noted below, if soreness persists.

Please Note:

BioPods insoles and footwear do not treat already damaged tissue, such as scar tissue or fibrosis that has been caused by trauma or maladaptation related degenerative stresses from poor foot mechanics and function. Damaged tissues can be treated by a medical professional with complementary conventional mobilization therapies such as ultrasound, deep tissue massage, A.R.T. (Active Release Technique), or Graston Technique, as appropriate.

RECOMMENDATION for sufferers of chronic myofascial pain, fibromyalgia, plantar fibrosis, or multiple trigger points:

It may take longer to adapt to the BioPods’ stimulus. It is possible that enough inelastic scar tissue or fibrosis has developed to cause transient pain or “sticking points” that will reveal themselves during the Soft Tissue Adjustment Phase. In these instances, a medical professional can apply a regime of complementary soft tissue mobilization therapies such as ultrasound, deep tissue massage, A.R.T. (Active Release Technique), Graston Technique, etc., to break down the scar tissue or fibrosis a

How effective are orthotics or conventional cushioning insoles?

Rehabilitation vs Supportive Products Like Orthotics – What is Better?

Maladaptation is the Leading Cause of Most Foot-Related Problems

Protective Reflex mechanisms are responsible for the bone alignment and muscular stabilization, throughout the feet, legs, hips, and back, required to safely manage the stresses and forces generated during all types of activity. In an unrestrictive environment, this ideal alignment promotes a balance of strength and flexibility, which effectively reduces the stress and strain throughout.

The proprioceptive mechanisms and reflex function in the feet, legs, hips, and back are synergistic; what affects one area has a corresponding affect on the other areas. When the functional mechanics adapt or maladapt through repetition and become reflexive, all areas are equally affected.

It is no surprise that optimal foot health is so frequently misunderstood. All our lives we have been taught that our feet must be supported and cushioned to be problem free. Did you know that long term support and cushioning are not recommended in any other area of musculoskeletal medicine to rehabilitate or improve function? Extended periods of artificial support and a chronic lack of direct stimulation are proven to cause maladaptation, reduce strength and flexibility, increase stiffness and pain, and promote dependence in the target areas, all with negative consequences for the entire body.

Almost all conventional footwear interferes with healthy natural foot function to some degree. This is particularly true of shoes that restrict the raising of the toes and arches, provide extra “support and cushioning,” or incorporate excessive motion-control features. Over time, the feet maladapt as they conform to these restrictive and less stimulating footwear environments. This maladaptation is a leading cause of most foot-related problems.

Supportive Products

Motion control footwear, orthotics, and other insole products attempt to address the symptoms of maladaptation by artificially supporting and/or cushioning the foot.

However, recent research indicates that, while these products may provide some temporary relief of symptoms, they do not “correct” the problem and they do nothing to encourage optimal muscle activity. In fact, they discourage it.

Recent studies have shown that users of these products suffer more foot-related injuries than those who use nothing at all in their shoes. This is because continued use of supportive/cushioning products can further weaken and destabilize the feet, as they would with other parts of the body, causing them to become more dependent on the artificial support. It is well accepted that long-term use of supportive and/or cushioning products conditions maladaptive proprioceptive muscle activity and impairs optimal musculoskeletal mechanics.

Furthermore, it has long been understood that maladaptive function in the form of muscle atrophy, loss of bone mass (weakening), joint stiffness, and an increased dependence upon the artificial support or brace result from long-term support or bracing of the musculoskeletal structure.

If we know that the foot’s instability and impaired function results from inefficient use and restrictive/supportive footwear environments, why don’t we then want to retrain and rehabilitate instead of bracing the foot?

Rehabilitative Therapies

According to the American Department of Health, exercise that promotes strengthening and joint mobility is fundamental to optimal musculoskeletal health and is the number one recommended treatment for arthritic muscle and joint pain.

Exercise regimes are regularly employed as a means to rehabilitate or improve (mal)adapted musculoskeletal function. The use of Proper Technique is fundamental to the effectiveness of rehabilitative exercise programs. “Technique” training is proprioceptive training and this conditioning concept is the foundation of most modern sport training and conditioning. That is, “Proper Technique” is fundamental for conditioning optimal “healthy” musculoskeletal function. It promotes little or no degenerative stress, reduces risk of injury, and enhances performance capabilities. “Poor Technique,” on the other hand, conditions less than optimal musculoskeletal function, enhances (mal)adaptation, increases degenerative stress, increases risk of injury, and hampers performance capabilities (in short the structure becomes weaker and less mechanically sound).

Aside from exercise regimes, a variety of methods are commonly employed to increase mobility (including addressing scar tissue/fibrosis), increase strength and improve muscle function such as ultrasound, deep tissue massage, Active Release Technique, Graston Technique, etc.

Yes, and that’s what bioPodz™ insoles and footwear are designed to do and that’s why their so different from conventional supportive and cushioning products.

BioPods – The Rehabilitative Alternative

BioPods insoles and footwear are designed to encourage healthy protective reflex function and work in harmony with the natural dynamic movement of the feet rather than attempt to artificially support, cushion, control, or restrict. When using BioPods insoles and footwear your shoes should be loosely laced to allow room for adequate foot flexion.

BioPods insoles and footwear provide a safe “spring-like” variable stimulus under the center of your arches that continually engages and optimizes your body’s protective reflexes in the feet, legs, hips and back when walking, running, or other weight-bearing movement.

Regular variable stimulus challenges the body’s natural proprioceptive and protective reflex mechanisms and causes them to adapt towards healthier function. Even though the stimulus is at the sole of the foot, it affects proprioceptive and reflex function in the feet, legs, hips, and back.

Soft Tissue Adaptation Phase

When using BioPods insoles and footwear for the first time, the body’s neuromuscular systems will undergo a Soft Tissue Adaptation Phase as the feet, legs, hips, and back respond to the BioPods’ stimulus. As with any neuromuscular muscle training, the Soft Tissue Adaptation Phase takes approximately 6-8 weeks for most individuals but can take longer for those sufferers noted below. During this period, it is normal to experience transitory twinges or tightness in various areas at different times. It is during this period that latent historical scar tissue or fibrosis may become noticeable in the form of soreness. Seek advice from medical professionals who specialize in soft tissue mobilization, as noted below, if soreness persists.

Please Note:

BioPods insoles and footwear do not treat already damaged tissue, such as scar tissue or fibrosis that has been caused by trauma or maladaptation related degenerative stresses from poor foot mechanics and function. Damaged tissues can be treated by a medical professional with complementary conventional mobilization therapies such as ultrasound, deep tissue massage, A.R.T. (Active Release Technique), or Graston Technique, as appropriate.

RECOMMENDATION for sufferers of chronic myofascial pain, fibromyalgia, plantar fibrosis, or multiple trigger points:

It may take longer to adapt to the BioPods’ stimulus. It is possible that enough inelastic scar tissue or fibrosis has developed to cause transient pain or “sticking points” that will reveal themselves during the Soft Tissue Adjustment Phase. In these instances, a medical professional can apply a regime of complimentary soft tissue mobilization therapies such as ultrasound, deep tissue massage, A.R.T. (Active Release Technique), Graston Technique, etc., to break down the scar tissue or fibrosis and restore elasticity to the soft tissues for full mobility.