We are Stuart Gordon a Sports Therapist, and Auriol Thorne a Pilates teacher. Together we are “All About Balance”. We have each spent the last 30 working in the health and fitness world, treating and rehabilitating people from all walks of life including professional athletes, Olympic and world champions, ballet dancers, musicians and thousands of the general public suffering injuries and debilitating conditions caused by imbalances in their bodies. Often the underlying causes being dysfunctional or under-stimulated foot muscles causing flat feet or overpronation, and other musculoskeletal problems such as left-right side muscle asymmetries or poor balance due to lack proprioceptive stimulation.
However, time and again it has become apparent that many of the people we see have imbalances within a broader meaning of the word, going beyond the obvious physical aspects of poor balance to include;
Individually or in combination these imbalances create a heady cocktail of physical, physiological, and emotional problems which in turn directly or indirectly result in injury, loss or reduction of sporting ability, illness, depression, inability to work, fear of going out and ultimately despair.
In order to help these people we have historically formed a number of informal collaborations with various respected and talented therapists, or advised on potentially beneficial courses of action and care pathways. Our aim now in forming All About Balance is to create an umbrella organisation to promote and provide those products and services that we have seen work successfully over the years.
Barefoot Science Insoles are the first “balance” product that we are bringing to the UK.
We recognised the fundamental difference in performance and outcome that Barefoot Science Insoles provide. Every once in a while a technology comes along that changes how we look at the world, it being such a step ahead of current thinking or practice that it disrupts the conventions of an industry. “Disruptive Technology” is the buzz phrase that defines this, for instance how we communicate now with the advent of wireless technology, and in the way digital images have replaced film-based technology.
Barefoot Science is an example of disruptive technology, advancing footwear and foot care industries which for the last century have pursued technology that braces, cushions and supports the feet whereas BFS Insoles safely strengthen and stimulate muscles and nerves from within the shoe with every step.
The benefits of Barefoot Science Insoles have been proven time and again by the use of high-tech equipment such as Optogait and Gyko to provide objective data that accurately identifies balance and stability, as well as technology that measures muscle firing activity to pinpoint asymmetry. These, and other advanced equipment that assesses cognitive speed of processing, have been significant in the wider acceptance of BFS in the Sports performance and injury rehabilitation world. Such tests have consistently shown the positive changes BFS Insoles produce.
We believe Barefoot Science Insoles sit comfortably with the evolutionary changes man has experienced since becoming bipedal in modern history, moving to walking on increasingly hard unforgiving surfaces in ever more varied footwear. Barefoot Science Insoles are ‘more than just an insole’! They are an ‘in-shoe training system ‘, safely strengthening and stimulating your feet with every step. With the addition of Barefoot Science Insoles your shoes become your own personal trainer.
Since starting my own practice as a Sports Therapist in 1992 I have treated a vast array of Muscular Skeletal problems in adults and children ranging from Olympic and World Champions, professional sportsmen and women, ballet dancers, equestrian competitors, professional singers and musicians and equally importantly numerous members of the general public suffering the aches and pains associated with work, life and play.
My awareness of the importance of foot biomechanics in balanced functional movement led me to study the assessment and fitting of orthotics. This understanding evolved and was complimented by my study of the innovative research in myofascial and viscera-fascial tissue function.
I have lectured in Sports Therapy and Sports Massage at Farnborough College, Hants and have taught Advanced and Remedial massage techniques at various professional development courses.
I am a Dip Phys. Ed., ITEC Sports Therapist, Anatomy Trains Fascial Release and Structural Bodyworker.
After qualifying with NABBA (National Amateur Body Building Association) 30 years ago, Auriol worked with some of the UK’s leading strength athletes in Gym’s specialising in Body Building and Power Lifting. She advanced her fitness training qualifications in 1992, becoming one of the first qualified GP Referral Scheme practitioners while working in New Milton Recreation centre.
In 1997 Auriol qualified with IIST in Sports Therapy and Sports Massage, she combined these new skills with her strength and conditioning knowledge at her work, and additionally by successfully treating and rehabilitating players at New Milton Rugby Club.
Joining forces with Stuart in 1998 Auriol trained and qualified as a Body Control Pilates teacher. Adding Pilates to her already extensive fitness and rehab skill set enabled Auriol to work successfully in a fully equipped Pilates Studio in Surrey, and very quickly set up a successful Pilates business working extensively with clients referred by a number of Chiropractors, Physiotherapists, Osteopaths and Sports Therapists. Her speciality being working with those who are recovering from injury or illness, or who suffer permanent injury or disability. Auriol continues to run classes for people of all levels and recognised the problems associated with balance issues and gait problems and how Barefoot Science insoles can help.
Anyone that puts Barefoot Science insoles in their shoes will have an increase in performance and a greatly reduced chance of injury. I now wear my Barefoot Science every day and recommend them to all of my clients.
I wear Barefoot Science, I know that every football player will benefit from an increase in balance, performance and reduced risk of injury that this product provides!
I have used Barefoot orthotics on some of my toughest casesof plantar fasciitis, tibialis posterior tendinosis and metatarsal- gia and have had excellent results. These are people who have tried and failed traditional orthotics, stretches and various other devices. Barefoot orthotics are easy to sell as people can see the logic in the approach. Thoroughly happy with the product and service
Immediately from stepping onto my insoles with level one insert I felt a subtle but reassuring change in posture and balance. 8 weeks later I am up to level 6 and two weeks ago I was able to start running again pain-free for the first time in 14 months since a back injury. By way of an update; "Thank you Barefoot Science:- I am completely stoked as I just ran a personal best for a 10k trail over mixed terrain, pain-free!" ...........This afternoon's time was 57:28 - pretty ordinary for many but great for me as my goal has been to get 10k covered in under an hour......... and, after all, I am 186cm, 108kgs and 49 1/2 yrs old! I first 'ran' again in May and took 11 mins to cover 1.6km / 1 mile!
In our office, Barefoot Science (BFS) has been effectively used to help improve this proprioceptive deficit. Barefoot Science is a non-orthotic mid-arch stimulator. Due to its ability to create mid-arch activation, BFS mimics barefoot walking in sand and over time can dramatically help to reduce a proprioceptive deficit and improve foot strength. We highly recommend that all take a look at this wonderful product.
I wanted to let you know how I’m getting on with the Barefoot Science insoles as I just moved up to insert no.5 after almost 6 months, which I am finding very comfortable. I can feel them, but in a comforting sort of way. I have to report that I have had hardly any instances of dizziness since about a week from starting to wear them. I am so IMPRESSED! I am trying to do a few balance exercises every day as you recommended, and as a near 70 year old with seven small grand-children, four of them only two so they need floor level attention, I am conscious of the need to keep my balance while getting down and back up! The knee bending is okay up to a point and I’m hopeful it will improve as I use it more. But, as far as the balance side of things go I am thrilled. I think it is positively miraculous and am very grateful to you for suggesting them.
Hi There, My name is Andrew Coltart. I was a golf professional on the European Tour for 19 years and a former Ryder Cup player. I now walk the fairways of the world commentating for a Major Satellite TV Company. My problem came to the fore when I was 47 years old. I had developed Plantar Fasciitis and it was becoming unbearable and debilitating with pretty much constant pain out on the course and in spite of various types of treatment no signs of improvement. I was starting to wonder if I’d be able to carry on working in my current role. Then I met Stuart Gordon of All About Balance and he explained The Barefoot Science Foot Strengthening System. Basically, because of these simple little nerve stimulating plugs that you insert into the underside of the insole, walking has become pain free and enjoyable again. These are no ordinary insoles. Don’t be fooled by expensive orthotics. The Barefoot Science Foot Strengthening System worked wonders for me, not only helping me continue in my work without any pain, they have also improved my balance…an essential factor in general life and massively important to achieving a consistent golf swing! I highly recommend investing in some.
I have been using Barefoot Science insoles consistently since the beginning of the year. They took me a while to use regularly but with the addition of extra pairs, I am able to ensure that I am using them on almost all occasions. This includes walking, CrossFit WOD's, running and every day wear. As you know, my flat feet caused me terrible pain with shin splints and tight calves every time I did any high impact training including running, even just the shortest distance. I haven't rushed through the stages and have only just moved onto level 3. Tonight I completed a 5km run with zero pain. This is the furthest I have run since 2011 and I even shaved 1 minute off my best 1 mile time!! I've found something comfortable that offers me a solution to pain free training, and I'm only half way through the 6 level programme. Thank you so much for introducing me to the Barefoot Science insoles. ☺
Personal, Barefoot Science testimonial 26 April, 2013 To my fellow Pod people and persons that have foot related problems, I've found a product called Barefoot Science. I like this product and I use it daily, both for myself, and my Podiatric patients, I personally have had foot related injuries and deficits that caused daily foot pain for years as a result of my military service, not any longer though with my Barefoot Science inserts. I would not go without these inserts in my shoes. I was introduced to this product at a foot healthcare symposium, by Mr. Derek Denton of Alamo Medical services... As an employee of a Podiatry Service of a VA hospital in Texas, I perform highly technical work involved in the design, development, fabrication, alteration, assembly, fitting and repair of orthotic foot braces and orthotic shoes for Veterans as related to their post military service, i.e.: disease ,injury and overuse of the feet and ankle(s). I interpret Podiatrist' prescriptions and perform all steps required in the fabrication and fitting of the several types of orthotic braces, for many of which there are no models or precedents, including but not limited to ankle, foot and lower limb, as related to Podiatric disabilities and advise physicians concerning all types of corrective devices available and modification necessary; to help heal or ameliorate these conditions. *Presently now with the Barefoot Science product(s) I personally have noticed over the years the Pedorthic/Podiatric appliances and more complex appliances in the Pedorthic /Podiatry labs were more accommodating to the “functional foot conditions” that kept the foot aligned and rigid, yet never strengthened the foot, although there is a myriad of devices that claim they do so. I have tried most and until now none of them worked for this purpose of strengthening the intrinsic muscles. I started working with Barefoot Science a few years ago, and it has really turned our practice into a healing clinic. Helping ameliorate painful Podiatric conditions such as plantar fasciitis, metatarsalgia, claw toes, hammertoes, corns, plantar fasciitis, patellar misalignments, chrodromalacia patella, ITB syndrome. I have been working in this field of Podiatry since the mid 1980’s, both with U.S. Navy and Marine Corps personnel, now with Veterans of all armed services as a triple Board Certified Pedorthist and Podiatric clinic manager. I wished we would have had this Barefoot Science product while I was on active duty as a Navy Corpsman, this may have prevented a lot of future/past foot related conditions that we see now. I have also noticed currently within our Podiatric practice a remarkable shift for continuity of care while using these barefoot science rehabilitative foot inserts. The patients get better and stronger while walking not sitting with their feet elevated and hoping the Nsaids do the job. I’ve noticed a reduction of fatigue from all our patients now that they can walk and repair themselves; we have reduced the need for pharmaceuticals (pain meds), orthotics, foot-braces, or surgical interventions, finally solutions ,for these chronic and painful foot problems! *I agree with the following statement of use, and I could not have said it better! Each Barefoot Science Arch Activation SystemTM comes with a pair of insoles to fit into your existing footwear and a series of progressive arch activation inserts. To start, just pop Level 1 into the underside of the insole, slide them in your shoes and get on with your day! It feels like a mini foot massage, sending waves of comfort throughout your body. That sensation is actually your foot muscles waking up and getting stronger. When the sensation fades, usually within a week, your feet are ready to move up to the next level. It’s that easy! With each step, your feet become stronger and more efficient. I recommend this product, and I am not just a practice of one, I work with Dr Karen Brooks, a Podiatrist, we tag team on every Veteran that enters our offices for Podiatric services, she too has over 25 years’ experience in Podiatry Practice and is also very happy with the results of this innovative design and the multiple uses of this barefoot Science rehabilitative and preventative shoe insert to help our Podiatric patients/Veterans. Sincerely, Mike Olden... P.S. Please note: We have a Zebris gait lab pressure measuring platform onsite in our clinic’s Pedorthic lab, that is used to measure our results on every patient pre and post usage of the Barefoot Science rehabilitative inserts. Both static and dynamic is monitored, along with postural sway, including the shoes that they are worn in. The proof is in the pudding, try it for yourself! Michael P.Olden, H.t; Ost; C-Ped; Pmac. Department of Veterans Affairs American Board for Certifications in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics. *Board Certified Pedorthist cert no: Cped0724. KD DIV.HERT Team Decon Coordinator /Instructor KD DIV.Podiatry PAVE TEAM Coordinator/Trainer KD DIV.Local AFGE 2281 Steward+SGT-AT-ARMS KD-Disaster Emergency Medical Personnel System-Team Coordinator Advanced Disaster Life Support Instructor-Cert. Advanced Disaster Medical Response for Providers-Cert. AHA-Basic Cardiac Life Support Instructor-VA-Cert. ECU2 Containment Unit- Staff Trainer-KD-Div. Surgical Service, Code 11C Podiatry / Pedorthic Clinics KD -Div. South Texas Veterans Health Care Systems 3600 Memorial Blvd., Kerrville, Texas. 78028-5768 Wk: (830)-792-2660 Fax :( 830)-792-2532 VA Cell (830)370-2887 Twitter – DEMPS17 Email: Michael.Olden@med.va.gov
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