Footwear and posture
Category: Health > Fitness and Nutrition
Asked by: ira8711-ga
List Price: $10.00
27 May 2006 06:52 PDT
Expires: 26 Jun 2006 06:52 PDT
Question ID: 732829
Is there any evidence "Masai Barefootin'" is any better than any well constructed shoe.
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Re: Footwear and posture
From: occupationaltherapy-ga on 01 Jun 2006 16:37 PDT
The articles that I could find where quite limited but this is what i found. 1) Changes in gait and EMG when walking with the Masai Barefoot Technique. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=16169641&dopt=Citation According to a journal article comparing Masai Barefoot technology to regular shoes shows that the persons GAIT (walking pattern) slows down and also increases the use of muscles that work on the ankles with specific observed increases reported in the Tibialis Anterior ( http://www.exrx.net/Muscles/TibialisAnterior.html ) and also in the gastrocnemius (http://www.exrx.net/Muscles/Gastrocnemius.html). They concluded that it is a useful tool for training lower leg muscles when compared to regular shoes. However they also mentioned that those with knee conditions should be cautious about wearing Masai Barefoot technology shoes. 2) Effect of an unstable shoe construction on lower extremity(legs) gait characteristics. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=16209901&dopt=Citation Another Journal article that I found compared the Masai Barefoot Technology shoes with a stable control shoe. They found that the "unstable" Masai Barefoot shoes had a positive effect on movement. 3) Changes in gait characteristics of a normal, healthy population due to unstable shoe construction. http://backtowork.co.uk/mbt/Hallam1.pdf These researchers find that Masai Barefooting technology promotes less forward lean during walking and suggest that a more upright posture is acquired when compared to .The findings also find that there may be reduced weight and strain put onto the lower back. There overall finding is that the unstable Masai Barefoot technology may reduce the incidence of musculoskeletal problems. Overall the research on this subject is rather limited and has with very small test sizes which means that the evidence is not considered high quality statistically.
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