Everything in the universe is moving from
the smallest particles on atoms to the vast galaxies. What
they all have in common are the few fundamental laws that
govern them. Sir Isaac Newton in 1687 shocked the scientific
world by publishing his works The Mathematical Principles of
Natural Philosophy. The English physicist unveiled his
theory on universal gravitation and three laws of
These very laws and theories are very important in explaining and predicting outcomes in human locomotion. Gravity and Motion are predictable for all objects. The human being is a complex object that is still governed by these fundamental laws.
Biomechanics is the study of human locomotion. Countless researchers and clinicians have created a great body of knowledge. Gait labs with sophisticated equipment have been set up around the world to study and understand normal human mechanics. They study how and why human locomotion works efficiently.
Pathomechanics is the study of abnormal human locomotion. The less efficient Pathomechanics is not as well understood, because each person with physical limitations presents with a different set of problems. Each pathology has commonalities and their differences. Some pathologies overlap commonalities of others. The great variable of factors that affect normal Biomechanics has limited the ability to create solutions. No two people present with the exact same set of factors.
To recognize all the factors and the mechanics that govern them is the key to unlocking the ability of developing solutions.
The three laws of motion:
Newton's first law of motion: A moving object will continue to move in a straight line or an object at rest will remain at rest, unless acted upon by an outside force. This is also known as the law of Inertia.
Newton's second law of motion: A force applied to an object will create acceleration
Newton's third law of motion: For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.
What do all these laws of science have in common?
They can all be measured. Mechanical sciences can be quantified. Orthotics is defined by mechanical sciences and therefore can be quantified. The only way one can determine whether a positive or negative outcome has transpired is to measure and compare them with sound mechanical science.
It is well documented that human locomotion can be broken down by it's parts. There is a great body of knowledge on normal human locomotion. With normal parameters each foot is in contact with the ground 60% of the time and 40% swinging in the air. These are known as Stance to Swing Ratios.
There are other aspects of human gait that can be measured or quantified. The step length, stride, angulations of body segments in each of the three planes, deformities, laxities, joint range of motion, timing, compensations, energy consumption, etc.
Mechanical science compares normal parameters based on past research with individual results. This comparative data gives us a baseline mechanical profile. We compare the pathomechanical data with the normal parameters.
Our solutions are developed with this data and is what makes us unique. We then can compare what an orthosis actually does or does not do. We often compare bare foot, conventional braces and DynamicBracingSolutions™.
We believe all bracing systems that are fit should be quantified to determine whether a positive outcome is achieved.