Enhance your performance and reduce your risk of injury with BioPods.

BioPods train the optimized body movement that keeps you safe from injury and increases performance. Our Variable Reflex Technology (VRT™) was developed by a team of foot function experts to re-create the varied stimulus in your shoes that your body needs to restore and maintain healthy function in your feet, legs, hips, and lower back.
There are 100,000 sensory receptors in the soles of your feet that provide the critical information required by brain to activate optimal muscle function throughout the feet, legs, hips, and back. Shoes dampen this important sensory input and the brain does not receive the information required  to activate optimal muscle function. BioPods create the subtle varied stimulus  that the brain requires for optimal function so that you can maximize your performance.  Run faster, jump higher, and exceed your goals.

BioPods Stimsoles turn your shoes into a Proper Technique training program.

How we use our bodies everyday determines our bodies’ functional capabilities. Elite athletes, their coaches and trainers understand this principle. This is why training with “Proper Technique” is the overriding principle in all modern training, conditioning, and rehabilitative programs.

Proper Technique training requires both “Right Stimulus” and “Right Movement.” Right Stimulus being the sensory input required by the brain to trigger Right Movement muscle activity. Right Movement being the uninhibited dynamic musculoskeletal movement required to safely and efficiently manage the forces created during a respective activity.

BioPods Stimsoles provide the subtle varied Right Stimulus required to trigger optimal neuromuscular function throughout the feet, legs, hips, and back.

When BioPods Stimsoles are used in Right Movement compatible footwear (soft, flexible, and loosely laced) a Proper Technique conditioning environment is created. As a result, each step conditions improved functional robustness and a reduced propensity to injury.

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Ideal Gait Mechanics – Proper Technique requirements

If the supporting musculature of the foot aligned and stabilized its interlocking bones into a functionally dynamic dome shape prior to weight bearing, the structure would be inherently strong and resilient. This would provide the most stable and stress-free foundation for the rest of the body, requiring the lowest degree of muscular effort during the weight bearing and propulsion phases of gait. This alignment and stabilization process is, indeed, exhibited in barefoot gait, and is easily achieved during the swing phase as the foot moves from the muscle-firing sequences of propulsion to the extensor muscle-firing sequences of dorsiflexion in preparation for ground contact.

During barefoot gait on natural terrain, every time the soles of the feet contact the ground there is a subtly different sensory experience. The subtle varied stimulus (Right Stimulus) keeps the brain alert, triggering Right Movement protective reflex muscle activations throughout the lower limbs, hips, and back in anticipation of the “unknown” next step’s ground contact.

This Right Movement pre ground contact foot/arch/ankle stabilizing dynamic requires the synergistic rising of the great toe and longitudinal arches (the Windlass Mechanism) and the cinching of the transverse arches (the Cuboid Pulley Effect).

When this neuromuscular activity occurs after the foot contacts the ground, or not at all, it is virtually impossible for the related muscles to effectively stabilize the arch and ankle. The result is poor (maladaptive) functional dynamics throughout the lower limb, hip, and back. This maladaptive function is what is occurring when conventional footwear or products that support or cushion the foot are worn.

It is important to note that every moment a person wears shoes, the functional environment created by the shoe is conditioning (“training”) lower limb, hip, and back, neuromuscular function, either positively or negatively. That means, the shoes that you are wearing when you are not “training” or competing have a significant effect on your performance capabilities and propensity to injury.

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Conventional footwear creates a Poor Technique environment.

Myths:

1. Tight fitting athletic footwear helps improve your performance – WRONG

2. Cushioning footwear and insoles reduce the shock that causes injury – WRONG

3. Supportive footwear and insoles help improve performance – WRONG

4. Supportive footwear and insoles help reduce the risk of injury – WRONG

Fact:

Tight fitting, supportive, and cushioning footwear actually train“poor technique” maladaptive neuromuscular function throughout the feet, legs hips and back.

In the words of R. Gotlin, author of Sports Injuries Guidebook, “Simply put, function is the outcome of any activity.”

Physiologically speaking, our body function is governed by Wolff’s Law of Bone Transformation, Davis’s Law (of soft tissue adaptation), and neuroplasticity (the adaptive capabilities of the nervous system). When any neuromuscular body part is habitually artificially supported and / or cushioned, or has their natural dynamic movement restricted, a “Poor Technique” environment is created that results in atrophy and a loss of functional robustness. Over time this maladaptive function becomes the functional norm. These fundamental principles of physiology also apply to the feet.

Virtually all conventional footwear dampens Right Stimulus and most inhibit Right Movement.

Functional and anatomical maladaptations resulting from footwear, insole, and orthotic use

Regular use of footwear, insoles or orthotics that cushion, restrict, and/or support the feet creates the following consequences:

  • Tactile stimulus to the sole of the foot is dampened and proprioceptive sensory input is inhibited. As a result the brain receives insufficient information to adequately activate the muscles of the lower limb, hip, and back muscle as required for healthy function.
  • Natural, dynamic “Right Movement” musculoskeletal activity and alignment throughout the feet, ankles, legs, hips, and lower back is restricted or encumbered.
  • “Safe” lower limb, hip, and back force management capabilities are impaired throughout the demands of three-dimensional activities.
  • Compensatory imbalances in muscle strength and flexibility throughout the lower limb, hip, and back become the conditioned norm.
  • A loss of functional robustness, strength, and agility becomes the conditioned norm.
  • A lower limb, hip, and back predisposition to injury.

Have you been told that your foot-related problems are caused by over-pronation or over-supination? In most instances, over-pronation and over-supination are symptoms of footwear conditioned maladaptive neuromuscular function.

Do you have to re-tighten your athletic footwear after a few minutes of activity?

When you first tighten your laces and they appear to “loosen up” after the first few minutes of rigorous activity, the feeling of loosening is actually created by the foot instability caused by your collapsing arches and not your shoes loosening up.

Your arches need to naturally rise and fall dynamically in response to activity intensities. A higher arch system is required to safely and efficiently manage greater loads during higher intensity activities.

When you tighten you shoes to the point where your arch systems can’t rise in response to the higher intensity activities, the increased loads cause your arch systems to collapse. Your collapsing arches create poor alignment, as well as imbalanced and inefficient muscle function throughout the ankles, knees, and hips predisposing those areas to damaging stresses and injury.

When you re-tighten your shoes it may make your feet feel more secure, however, it compounds the inefficient function and poor alignment and results in a greater propensity to injury.

The following predominantly athletic-related pathologies are caused by footwear related maladaptive neuromuscular function:

  • Shin Splints
  • Turf Toe
  • Knee problems
  • IT Band problems
  • SI joint / hip problems
  • Ankle instability / sprains
  • Sore tired feet.
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How BioPods Work.

BioPodsStimsoles patent-pending Variable ReflexTechnologiesTM (VRTTM)

Based on proven neuromuscular conditioning principles and developed with athletic motion in mind, BioPods Stimsoles Variable Reflex Technology (VRT) Pods provide the subtle varied stimulus required for optimal neuromuscular mechanics throughout your feet, legs, hips, and lower back.

BioPods Stimsoles work in harmony with the natural dynamic movement of the feet and do not attempt to artificially support, cushion, control, or restrict. They work best when used in loosely laced soft flexible footwear that allows the toes and arches to easily raise.

For peak performance and reduced risk of injury, add BioPods Stimsoles to your everyday footwear, training, and competition toolkit.

When BioPods Stimsoles are regularly used as directed in complementary footwear, the result is optimized neuromuscular mechanics and structural alignment with enhanced efficiency. For the athlete this means that maximum muscle energy is applied to PERFORMANCE rather than wasted in compensating for poor alignment.