After many years of research and clinical trials, I developed Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy to permanently eliminate chronic muscle and joint pain caused by the two inherited, abnormal foot structures which I discovered – Primus Metatarsus Supinatus (known as Rothbarts Foot) and the PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity.
Since the development of my therapy, it has come to my attention that it’s being represented by some doctors – not certified in the use of my therapy – as simply the placement of prefabricated proprioceptive insoles (that I invented many years ago) under the feet.
This ridiculous oversimplification of a very complex therapy has caused many chronic pain sufferers (who have followed their doctor’s ‘advice’) unnecessary further suffering. In fact, to my dismay, the result has been many people becoming sicker and in greater pain.
If you are in chronic muscle and joint pain and are being prescribed these prefabricated insoles by your doctor (under the guise of Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy or any other therapy name) your health may be at risk. That is, if your doctor has no certified training in my therapy, he may be using you as a guinea pig, experimenting with different proprioceptive insole combinations to see what may or may not work. (See Andrew Edwards’ testimonial. )
This point bears stressing – If you are a chronic pain sufferer (and especially if you have had multiple treatments and/or surgery, which may have already caused a worsening of your condition) using the wrong proproceptive insole can cause further damage to your body. And using multiple incorrect proprioceptive insoles can cause pain and body damage to the point of incapacitation.
It pains me deeply to see chronic pain sufferers who already have a compromised body being treated by doctors who have been ‘trained’ in my therapy through watching a half hour video, attending a weekend workshop, or taking a class given by someone who, themselves, are not sufficiently trained in the use of my therapy. If your doctor claims to have been trained by me, ask to see his diploma. It should show the Certification Level that was achieved, along with my signature at the bottom.
Correcting the damage from a lifetime of muscle and joint pain caused by a Rothbarts Foot or PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity is not something to be experimented with. Your doctor must follow my specific protocol to insure that you will heal and have optimal results from your therapy. There is no short cut.
What Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy Really Is
Rothbart Propricoceptive Therapy is a course of treatment (lasting six to eighteen months) that includes initial testing, proprietary postural computer analyses, proprioceptive insole prescriptions and constant patient progress monitoring.
Postural Computer Analyses
The postural computer analyses give your doctor (who is trained in how to understand them) a wealth of information before he starts treating you and throughout your therapy, including:
· which (of the two) abnormal foot structures that you have
· the severity of your foot structure
· where your primary problem is coming from
· if you have any secondary issues (cranial, TMJ, etc) that need to be addressed
· how to custom design and fabricate a proprioceptive insole specifically and exactly for your needs
· how to proceed with your therapy
Without this information (and much more that is obtained from these analyses) your doctor cannot effectively treat your chronic musculoskeletal pain problem.
Prescription Proprioceptive Insoles
Your prescriptive proprioceptive insole is then designed using the findings of the computer analyses. To be effective, your insole must be a specific strength, type, vertical height, slope angle, surface area, type of material and location of proprioceptive stimulation.
These prescriptive insoles will shift your posture to a more correct position, which will not only give you immediate pain relief, but will also create ‘shifts’ throughout your body. Hence your entire body goes through changes during your therapy.
Patient Progress Monitoring
These body changes must be handled as they occur, through careful and continuous monitoring by your doctor. Monitoring also allows the doctor to spot and handle seemingly unrelated symptoms (e.g. stomach problems) that are, in fact, resulting from your abnormal foot structure.
Additional Postural Computer Analyses and Prescription Changes
Additional analyses (run as needed) tell your doctor when (or if) it’s necessary to change your insole prescription, to continue your postural corrections and healing process.
Addressing Complex Issues
The following example illustrates the complexity of problems and issues that may need to be addressed during your therapy and how your doctor must understand the inter-connectedness between your foot structure and the rest of your body.
David D. came to me because of chronic severe knee and low back pain. During our initial consultation and exam, he also mentioned he was having headaches and stomach problems.
Upon examining him, I found that David had both a forward head position and pelvic rotation. A forward head position tightens the muscles behind the neck (which frequently causes headaches) whereas; stomach problems (gastrointestinal symptoms) are often caused by a forward rotation of the pelvis, which will compress the intestines and colon.
I explained that both his forward head position and pelvic rotation were most likely caused by his foot structure which misaligns the entire body, foot to head.
After running my initial tests and computer analyses, I found that not only were there problems coming from David’s feet, but also a potential secondary issue in his occlusion (bite). I explained that his knee and back pain could be solely the result of his foot structure or could potentially be a combination of his foot structure and a malocclusion.
Based on the results of my analyses, I designed, fabricated and dispensed David’s insoles.
I then ran a second series of computer analyses to evaluate his shift in posture. The results of the analyses demonstrated that David’s forward head position and pelvic rotation were dramatically reduced.
Within two weeks of wearing his insoles, David reported that his knee and low back pain were dramatically reduced and he was surprised that his headaches and stomach problems were also less. He said that before therapy, he would have never believed that his feet could cause stomach problems and headaches.
For the next three months, David reported continued improvement. But suddenly his headaches and stomach problems reappeared. I ran a third series of computer analyses, which showed that it was time to change David’s insole prescription, in order to continue his healing.
Within two weeks of wearing his new insoles, David’s headaches and stomach problems were gone. He also reported that his knees and back were dramatically improving again.
For the next several months, my monitoring of David showed he was healing. But seven months into therapy, his headaches again returned. I ran another set of computer analyses, which showed that David’s insole prescription was fine, but that he did indeed have a secondary issue – a malocclusion which was creating hyper tonicity in his neck muscles and causing his headaches. So I referred David to an orthodontic dentist, who fitted him with a mouth guard,to be worn during sleep, and within days, his headaches were completely gone.
After ten months of therapy, the results of David’s final computer analyses showed that his posture was well aligned and stable. His knee and low back pain were practically non existent and he hadn’t had a headache or stomach problem for months.
1. Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy must be administered by a doctor who is fully trained in how to treat chronic pain problems caused by the Rothbarts Foot and PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity, as well as the secondary issues and seemingly unrelated symptoms that can arise from these abnormal foot structures.
2. This therapy is a complex process and an ongoing engagement between the doctor and patient, over a period of time – not a single or multiple act of placing a prefabricated insole(s) beneath your foot.
3. It is this precise process that results in the permanent reduction or total elimination of chronic muscle and joint pain and other symptoms that are caused by these foot structures.
There is only one course of study in Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy that is sanctioned and taught by me, (the discoverer of these two abnormal foot structures and developer of the therapy). It is open to medical professionals and taught in four certified levels ( 384 hours of training) at the International Academy of Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy.
To view the four levels of certified training, which are necessary to competently treat the Rothbarts Foot and PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity, go to the International Academy of Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy.
To see the results of using an incorrect proprioceptive insole, read:
Why struggle with temporary fixes and treatments that only work in the short term when you can be free, once and for all, of the chronic muscle and joint pain that is making your life miserable?
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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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