MOVEMENT AS MEDICINE: Biohacking your feet

Naboso Insoles: a “set it and forget it” biohack. For balance, posture, walking, and more.

I have been wearing Naboso insoles for six months. Now I’m ready to tell you about them. They can be an easy “biohack” to help you move better and feel your best. And reduce or end your foot pain.

What is biohacking? I call it “making changes to your lifestyle to support your body’s amazing ability to heal itself.”  If you are reading and enjoy this column, you are already a biohacker.

Naboso insoles are a patent-pending invention by Dr. Emily Splichal, a functional podiatrist. The surface is a texture of small bumps scientifically placed and spaced. You can wear them on top of orthotics.

Wearing these textured insoles wake up the nerves on the bottom of your foot. This can result in immediate improvements in foot function, and a reduction in foot pain.

Using Naboso insoles is a “set it and forget it” biohack. Which is one of the things I like about them. Place them inside your shoes or socks. Start moving. The benefits occur automatically.

The skin on the bottom of our feet contains thousands of small nerves which are sensitive to texture. Walking barefoot naturally stimulates these nerves.

It’s a different story when we confine our feet in socks and shoes. And that is what most of us do. We are chronic sock and footwear users.

All footwear, even minimal footwear, blocks stimulation of our plantar proprioceptors (nerves). The importance of proprioception is worth it’s own article. Suffice it to say, when your body is aware of where it is in space, it moves better and performs better. Poor proprioception leads to impaired muscular movements, emotional disturbances, and even learning deficits.

Naboso insoles stimulate these important nerves on the bottom of the foot. They create an environment for the foot that is almost like going barefoot.  The benefits are often immediate.

Plantar foot stimulation creates a gateway into the entire nervous system. It integrates with yoga, Pilates, bodyweight training, rehab exercises, and myofascial work. And daily living and moving.

Athletes wearing textured insoles, including football players and dancers, perform better. They suffer fewer injuries. They recover from injuries faster.

Naboso technology also helps address chronic neurological conditions, including Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Guillain Barre, Parkinson’s, and post-stroke and peripheral neuropathy.

I have noticed been wearing Naboso insoles for 6 months. I am more aware of my feet and the ground. My core engages without effort. I stand taller. I have more stamina on long-distance hikes.

These insoles help one of my students walk better after a stroke. Another student has had extreme foot and back pain for 2 + years. She started wearing insoles a week ago. Her pain has dropped significantly already.

Summing Up:

Nabaso insoles use a new technology designed to stimulate the nerves on the bottom of your feet. They are a “set it and forget it” biohack for healthier movement. You may want to try them.

Get more information at Click on the Naboso Technology link at the bottom of the page.

Via Anderson, E-RYT, is a Yoga and movement coach and teaches the Intelligent Movement Forever system of healthy movement in a weekly online class, in private sessions, and at Yoga Vallarta during the high season. This 77-year-old grandmother practices what she preaches and teaches. She is the author of “How to Move Without Pain: A Compendium of Intelligent Movement”, to be released in 2019.