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Can your foot structure be causing your insomnia, depression and mental sluggishness? And can stabilizing your foot structure result in better sleep, alertness and more optimal brain function?
I am Professor /Dr. Brian A. Rothbart, discoverer of the Rothbarts Foot and PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity. I’ve found that both of these common inherited, abnormal foot structures are capable of creating altered brain function and have frequently observed that my patients with a Rothbarts Foot or PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity often suffer from depression, poor sleep, and ‘brain fog’, or mental sluggishness. I’ve also found that correcting the posture of a person with a Rothbarts Foot or PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity, results in a more normal brain function.
What Researchers Have Discovered About Brain Function
In the article “Beyond Feeling: Chronic Pain Hurts the Brain, Disrupting the Default-Mode Network Dynamics,” published in The Journal of Neuroscience, researcher Marwan N. Baliki and colleagues at Northwestern University’s School of Medicine announced discovering an alteration in brain function in people suffering from chronic low back pain. Their investigations suggest that this alteration in brain function may explain how chronic pain can trigger such symptoms as insomnia, depression, anxiety and/or mental sluggishness.
Baliki and colleagues further explained that the front region of the brain, in a person suffering from chronic low back pain, is consistently active. This, they suggest, will prematurely wear out the neurons, altering their connections to one another. They believe this may lead not only to the symptoms above, but also to permanent brain damage.
What is not understood by many researchers is that a forward head position – one of the symptoms created by having an abnormal foot structure – can produce changes in how the brain functions.
A forward head position can, in some cases, actually diminish the blood flow from the heart to the brain by constricting the major arteries that connect the trunk of the body to the head. Because oxygen is transported in the blood, when the blood flow is reduced, so is the supply of oxygen. The further forward the head, potentially the less oxygen delivered to the brain. This occurs in the same way that putting a kink in a water hose diminishes the flow of water through that hose.
Diminished blood flow can lead to cellular death in the brain. The end results are symptoms such as depression, insomnia, anxiety and/or mental sluggishness and finally, permanent brain damage.
Forward Head Position
The impact a forward head position has on the blood flow to the brain is clinically observable by taking the carotid pulses:
- When the head is in a forward position, the carotid pulses are weaker
- When the head is over the spine, the carotid pulses are stronger
In the diagram below, the red arrows point to the carotid arteries. When the head is in a forward position, the carotid arteries are more susceptible to being compressed. This compression can dramatically decrease the blood flow to the brain.
Rear View of the Head and Neck
All feet have mechanical receptors on their plantar (bottom) surfaces, which send signals from the feet to the brain. The brains responds by adjusting the posture. But the Rothbarts Foot and PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity send distorted signals to the brain. The brain automatically responds by distorting the posture. Part of this postural distortion is a forward head position, which is seen in most patients who suffer with chronic musculoskeletal pain.
This forward head position can be effectively reversed by stabilizing the abnormal foot structure. This is done by placing a specific stimulation on the underside of the feet. This stimulation sends corrected signals to the brain. The brain, in turn, automatically corrects the posture and brings the forward head back over the spine. When this takes place, the compression on the neck arteries is diminished. This allows the blood to flow more freely to the brain. The brain can now function optimally. The result can be a dramatic improvement in your sleep, as well as better balance, improved hearing, vision, speech and memory, and an overall improvement in your emotional well-being.
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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 of Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy
Free Excerpt from Professor/Dr. Rothbart’s second book, The Foot’s Connection To Chronic Pain