INNOVATING NEURO REHABILITATION
Balance impairment is a common symptom in patients living with chronic neurological conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s, 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 of the cerebrum to shape motor development and coordination. Or simply stated, optimzing sensory in creates good motor out.
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!
In our work with people who have balance issues of pretty much any kind, we’ve seen immediate and amazing results in using Naboso products, especially the textured insoles. Below, you’ll see several videos we recorded. On the left in each video, people are walking with normal footwear. On the right, they are wearing Naboso insoles in their shoes (without socks for maximum plantar skin stimulation). The results are immediate.
The lady in this video lives with a diagnosis of Guillain-Barré syndrome. Walking became quite difficult for her. When she came into the clinic I was working at in San Luis Potosí, Mexico, we decided to do a couple video angles to assess her gait.
Well, look at what happened after putting Naboso textured insoles in her shoes! The videos on the right was recorded just minutes after she placed the insoles in her shoes. Look at the difference between videos on left and on right. Notice the improvements in velocity, posture, reciprocal arm swing, and stride length.
In May of 2019, I was presenting at a Parkinson’s symposium in Chihuahua, Mexico. Watch this gentlemen (who lives with Parkinson’s disease. On the left, he’s wearing his normal footwear. On the right, his movement improves greatly and he even ditches the cane!
This lady arrived using a walker. We put Naboso insoles in her slippers. After about 20 minutes, she went from not being able to walk without assistance to walking with NO assistance!
Within 5 minutes of using insoles, Angeles started running for the first time in 17 years!
Maria couldn’t walk without assistance of some type when she arrived at the physical therapy clinic. I sent her home with insoles. Two days later, she came to a workshop. In the upper right video, you’ll see her (in the tank top) walking on her own. Minutes later (lower left), she started running for the first time in 15 years! 6 weeks later, she was back to work at the university.
Post Brain Surgery
This was recorded about 6 weeks after Marissa had brain surgery. Notice the significant improvement in movement, stride, and rotations! And – she started walking without assistance for the first time since surgery