What are ProKinetics? Could I benefit from wearing them in my shoes?
Prokinetics are a soft, non-invasive insole that are custom fitted and worn in your shoes to assist you with your posture, but they can also help with so much more.
Prokinetics insoles have been designed around the latest kinetic technology to improve posture and body balance. A small wedge is moulded into the insoles that sits under the big toe. This wedge forms the stimulus for the specialised cells that are located in your big toe that send messages to your brain via the spinothalamic tracts (nerve pathways) to give you balance and proprioception* for your feet when you stand, walk and run. This sends messages to the muscles of your feet, legs and back. When the correct messages are sent to your feet, then your muscle fibres belonging to your postural muscles should be firing, and this enables you to have good posture.
If the signals under your big toes are not stimulated correctly, which can be the case with people with flat feet ‘pes planus’, your postural muscles don’t work as effectively and then your dynamic muscles have to fire up. Your dynamic muscles are not designed to support your posture so they fatigue quickly, which results in poor posture; slouched upper back with rounded shoulders, head held forward and a swayed lower back. Poor posture over time can be very taxing on your muscles, ligaments and joints, which may result in pain, stiffness, and an increased risk of injury.
Prokinetic insoles help your postural muscles to work more efficiently, thereby improving your body’s ability to function and perform better during your daily activities and at other times when you demand more from your body such as playing sports. Prokinetics have been shown to reduce joint pain including low back, hip, knee and foot pain. By having a positive mechanical influence they also help to improve problems further up the spine including the neck and shoulders.
Our team is highly skilled and trained to assess and custom fit Prokinetic insoles. Talk to us if you are interested in learning more about whether you may benefit from wearing a pair of these specialised insoles and we will get you on the right track.
You can also visit the ProKinetics website to learn more.
*the sense a person uses to understand the position of their body parts.