innovating neuro rehabilitation
Balance impairment is a common symptom in patients living with chronic neurological conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease, post-stroke and peripheral neuropathy. From an increased fall risk to reduced independence, compromised dynamic stability can place a heavy emotional burden on these patients and their families.
One of the most effective, yet highly under-utilized, ways to improve dynamic stability in these patients is to focus on optimizing sensory stimulation of the feet. Touch, whether it be the hands or feet, creates an access point between the environment and the brain to better control movement coordination and improve posture.
The glabrous skin of the plantar foot houses hundreds of mechanoceptors (nerves) which are sensitive to two-point discrimination (texture), deep pressure, skin stretch and vibration. When we walk, climb and explore our environments, the sensory stimulation of these nerves goes through the brain stem to the thalamus and to the somatosensory cortex to help the body orientate itself in space. This means that the more sensory stimulation coming into the body, the better the motor output.
improving sensory stimulation through the feet can have an immediate impact in posture, balance & Gait
Jean-Ayres, the founder of Sensory Integration Theory, has demonstrated that when touch is lacking, as in the case of chronic sock and footwear use, it can be associated with depressed motor and mental functioning. She has further found that a lack of sensory nerve stimulation can negatively affect the Reticular Activating System (RAS) which is critical in awakening the neocortex. This can lead to impaired muscular movements, overreaction to stress, emotional disturbances and learning deficits.
What does this mean for you? By reconnecting to your foundation (the foot) you are waking up powerful neuro-pathways that bring the brain and body back online. This can mean immediate improvements in posture, balance and walking!
Making textured insole research a reality
Numerous research studies have demonstrated the power of textured insoles for patients living with chronic neurological conditions, with benefits including reduced sway, better postural control, stride symmetry, less hesitation when making turns and enhanced foot sensation. Despite all the strong research supporting textured insoles until Naboso™ Technology there were no commercially available textured insoles to help these patients.
At Naboso™ Technology, we are proud to be the first and *only* company that has a textured insole commercially available for the improvement of balance, posture and gait.
What does the science show about textured insoles? click below to learn more!
Applications in Multiple Sclerosis & Parkinson's
More than 400,000 people in the U.S. and nearly 2.5 million people worldwide are living with multiple sclerosis. Approximately 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease each year with more than 10 million people worldwide living with PD.
Whether we are focused on MS or Parkinson's disease, our greatest concern is maintaining their ability to move, walk and experience life. Walking difficulties can happen to anyone with a chronic neurological condition, but interventions exist. Something as simple as a texture insole can have a profound impact on these individuals movement patterns and quality of life.
We have seen incredible, immediate results by putting the Naboso™ Textured Insole into the shoes of MS and Parkinson's patients. We have videos of patients who can barely walk and now are running! The power of the foot cannot be overlooked and neither can the impact of Naboso™ Technology.
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