Functional biomechanics, as a health and wellness concept, involves the consideration of the human body in its entire complexity wherein each individual articulation is a part of a well-connected chain with spheres of influence ranging between distal to proximal in relation to the problematic area.
The Integrated Multi-Axial Posture Theory™, applied in the manufacture and design of MASS4D® orthotics, looks at establishing a foot posture which results in optimum neuromuscular efficiency, reducing the stress placed on the entire kinetic chain, so that tasks can be performed with the most amount of efficiency.
For this purpose, it is necessary to ensure that all articulations work well within their natural ranges of motion (ROM) to produce the greatest productive force while maintaining full functionality in the foot.
MASS4D® protocols examine the patient’s anatomy and capture the foot in its corrected closed chain posture. This is obtained by mimicking the patient’s healthy stance-phase gait in a specialised foam box to create a semi-weight bearing impression.
An advantage of using a semi-weight bearing cast lies in its ability to accommodate for soft tissue displacement, as well as any fibrous tissue mass or bony developments, often showing its exact location.
Such a cast helps in attaining a more definitive plantar contour, which is ultimately reflected in the final orthotic.
Advancements in science and technology allow us to create a multi-axial corrective device, which specifically caters to each patient’s biomechanical needs.
MASS4D® orthotics attempt to support the motion of the foot before any pathological movement occurs, in order to prevent the onset of excessive structural collapse.
The mechanical ‘leaf spring’ effect of this full-contact orthotic under the arch of the foot, applies the greatest corrective force to the plantar surface, facilitating healthy supination balanced with functional pronation. This enhances an even distribution of soft tissues, boosting proprioception capabilities and optimising joint alignment.
This is the reason for the success of MASS4D® orthotic in active rehabilitation programmes and for treating lower extremity biomechanical faults.
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