Biomechanics. It’s a new word, and an odd one that may conjure up images of cyborgs working on your car. But biomechanics aren’t robot workers. Biomechanics actually refers to the study of the mechanics of a living body, especially of the forces exerted by muscles and gravity on the skeletal structure.
Biomechanics is the study of motion in biological (living) systems. Foot biomechanics is the study of foot motion.
Biomechanics and foot biomechanics are new sciences that have made big contributions to the study of resolving chronic pain
Foot biomechanics became correlated to not only foot motion, but also to foot pain, ankle pain and pain from fallen arches. It eventually developed into a science that demonstrated how motion in the feet can create chronic pain in the entire body.
Following is the progression of the science of foot biomechanics and the discoveries that were made that have been the keystones to effectively treating chronic muscle and joint pain:
In the 1960s, podiatrists were amongst the first medical professionals to talk about foot biomechanics. That is, they correlated how the feet move (pronation) with foot pain.
In the early 1970s, I was one of the first researchers to publish papers on abnormal foot motion and how it is linked to foot pain [1-8]. At the same time, I (and other researchers) started looking at how abnormal foot motion (pronation) can lead to pain in the knees.
In the 1980s and 1990s, I published studies that showed the correlation between abnormal foot pronation and chronic foot pain, knee pain and lower back pain [9-11].
In 2002 , I was the one of the first to publish on how abnormal foot pronation is linked to chronic pain in the mid and upper back and shoulders.
In 2006 , I was the first to publish on the link between scoliotic and kyphotic curves in the spines (spinal mechanics) and abnormal foot biomechanics. I also suggested that abnormal foot biomechanics can result in increased tension in the postural muscles in the body.
In 2008 , I was the first person to determine that abnormal pronation can lead to abnormal dental mechanics and can actually change the position of the cranial bones (craniomechanics).
All of these discoveries have contributed to our current understanding of biomechanics and have paved the way for new and innovative therapies to treat chronic muscle and joint pain.
As it turns out, the study and effective use of biomechanics and foot biomechanics hold the key to resolving chronic musculoskeletal pain!
As you learn more about my innovative therapy, you may find that addressing and effectively treating your foot structure may be the missing link to ending your long time battle with unrelenting muscle and joint pain.
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1. Rothbart BA 1971. Heel spur and heel spur syndrome. Journal American Podiatric Medical Association (JAPMA), 61(5):186-9.
2. Rothbart BA 1972. Clinical treatise on transverse plane dysplasias of the femur and tibia. Journal American Podiatric Medical Association, 62(1):1-14.
3. Rothbart BA 1972. Metatarsus adductus and its clinical significance. Journal American Podiatric Medical Association, 62(5):187-190.
4. Rothbart BA 1972. Nomenclature and its importance in modern podiatry. Journal American Podiatric Medical Association, 62(8):298-302.
5. Rothbart BA 1973. Phasic activity of muscles within the lower extremity. Journal American Podiatric Medical Association, 63(4):129-137.
6. Rothbart BA 1973. Part I. Biomechanical analysis of a normal gait pattern. Journal Canadian Podiatry Association, (3):3-7.
7. Rothbart BA 1973. Part II. Biomechanical analysis of a normal gait pattern. Journal Canadian Podiatry Association, (4):1-12.
8. Rothbart BA 1974. Flexible Vertical Talus Syndrome: Its Relationship to Talipes Equinus, Journal American Podiatric Medical Association, 64(9):697-700.
9. Rothbart BA, Esterbrook L, 1988. Excessive Pronation: A Major Biomechanical Determinant in the Development of Chondromalacia and Pelvic Lists. Journal Manipulative Physiologic Therapeutics 11(5): 373-379.
10. Rothbart BA, Yerratt M. 1994. An Innovative Mechanical Approach to Treating Chronic Knee Pain: A BioImplosition Model. The Pain Practitioner (formerly American Journal of Pain Management) 4(3): 13-18.
11. Rothbart BA, Liley P, Hansen, el al 1995. Resolving Chronic Low Back Pain. The Foot Connection. The Pain Practitioner (formerly American Journal of Pain Management) 5(3): 84-89
12. Rothbart BA, 2002. Medial Column Foot Systems: An Innovative Tool for Improving Posture. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies (6)1:37-46
13. Rothbart BA 2006. Asymmetrical Pronation Patterns linked to Thoracic Curves. Biomechanics – The Foot Blog. PICOMM/PIJ Editors, Oct.
14. Rothbart BA 2008. Vertical Facial Dimensions Linked to Abnormal Foot Motion. Journal American Podiatric Medical Association, 98(3):01-08, May.
Professor/Dr Brian A Rothbart
Chronic Pain Elimination Specialist
Discovered the Rothbarts Foot and PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity
Developer of Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy
Inventor and Designer of Rothbart Proprioceptive Insoles
Founder of the International Academy RPT
Author of Forever Free From Chronic Pain and The Foots Connection to Chronic Pain