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The influence of proprioceptive insoles (Bourdiol) on the sagittal curvature and inclination of the trunk.
[Article in German] Orthopade. 2006 Oct 12;
Muller-Gliemann C, Drerup B, Osada N, Wetz HH.
Proprioceptive insoles rely on the concept of Rene-Jaques Bourdiol, a French neurologist. The aim is to modulate plantar surface sensibility and to influence posture and statics of patients: it is hypothesized that the effect of modified afferent sensory input through proprioceptive stimulation of terminal muscle chains will have either a relaxing or stimulating effect on the whole body, which may be realized by affecting the posture. Small pads with a thickness of typically 1-3 mm are embedded into the insole to provide a specific stimulation. In fitting the insoles selectively to the individual patient the effect of the insoles on the trunk posture is taken as a feedback.This study investigates the influence of proprioceptive insoles on the sagittal curve in 20 selected patients. The protocol used a repeated measures research design. The measures of the sagittal curve were obtained using raster stereography. The four different conditions were: (1) barefoot, (2) convenient shoes without the insoles, (3) the same shoes with a placebo insole, and (4) the same shoes with neurological insoles. Evaluation of raster stereographs provided the kyphotic angle between T4 and T12 and lordotic angle between T12 and S1. Statistical evaluation was performed with the t-test for paired measurements.No significant differences were found in the sagittal profile. Only trunk inclination in normal posture was found to yield a significant difference (0.38 degrees ) between placebo and neurological insoles. However, no clear statement on the efficiency of neurological insoles can be made.
No significant differences were found in the sagittal profile. Only trunk inclination in normal posture was found to yield a significant difference (0.38 degrees ) between placebo and neurological insoles. However, no clear statement on the efficiency of neurological insoles can be made
0.38 degrees!!! I wonder how the snake oil salesman will respond to this research.