In most instances, regardless of the neuro-musculoskeletal pathology or functional maladaption, it is common to employ some form of rehabilitative therapy to retrain or regain optimal neuro-musculoskeletal function to increase strength and flexibility at the joints.
The importance of maintaining muscle function and mobility is abundantly documented and the use of exercise/mobility regimes have become the norm. For example, ten years ago, following reconstructive knee surgery, the leg would have been put in a cast for six weeks. These days, a mobility splint would be employed and progressive movement of the knee would begin within a week to ten days after surgery. Mobility enhances adaptive healthy function by aiding in the healing process and reducing the formation of scar tissue/fibrosis.
According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, exercise that promotes muscle strengthening and joint mobility is fundamental to optimal musculoskeletal health and is the primary recommended treatment for arthritic muscle and joint pain.
Furthermore, it has long been understood that muscle atrophy, loss of bone mass (weakening) and joint stiffness along with increased dependence on the artificial support or brace (maladaptive function) results from long-term support or bracing of the neuro-musculoskeletal structure.
BioPodsTM - The Rehabilitative Alternative
The Protective Reflex Mechanisms of the Lower Limbs
Neuromuscular protective reflex mechanisms are responsible for bone alignment and muscular stabilization throughout the feet, legs, hips, and back, which is required to safely manage the stresses and forces generated from all types of activity. In an unrestrictive environment, ideal alignment promotes a balance of strength and flexibility, which effectively reduces the stress and strain throughout.
Proprioceptive and reflex function throughout the feet, legs, hips, and back is synergistic; what affects one area has a corresponding effect on the other areas. When the neuromuscular functional mechanics adapt or maladapt through repetition and become reflexive, all areas are equally affected.
Effects of Conventional Footwear
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.
BioPods Insoles and Footwear Stimulate to Strengthen and Revitalize
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.