Physiological footwear from MBT is especially suited for professionals who do a lot of walking and standing, for MBT reduces back and joint strain and improves posture.
MBT: The Anti-Shoe -- Healthy Balance in the Workday
Romanshorn, November 2008; Health management at the workplace is gaining importance in companies. The spectrum ranges from small measures to the development of in-house health courses.
All occupational groups, whether standing, walking or sitting activities, are equally affected by health complications due to one-sided and static strain. Walking and standing on hard, flat surfaces limits muscular activity in the legs. Static sitting leads to back and neck tension. Standing and walking produce a large amount of strain on the back and joints, which can result in damage to the locomotor system. At the end of each day, blood has collected in the lower extremities. The common result is tired, heavy legs after a long workday. If, however, the feet spend the workday in "physiological footwear" from MBT, they can help to relieve the entire locomotor system and prevent back and joint ailments. (1)
MBT provokes dynamic walking and standing, activating the musculature that is needed for relief. A current study conducted in a production facility indicates that walking and standing in MBTs can improve employees' general wellbeing, which in turn has a long-lasting positive effect on their overall quality of life. (2)
Further positive effects have been documented in studies by the Bern and Calgary Universities, that show increased oxygen demand when walking and standing in MBTs. (3)(4) More oxygen is required due to increased muscle activity. This in turn leads to improved blood circulation, prevents tired legs in the evening and increases calorie consumption.
How MBT Works
MBT was developed to protect the body from the dangers of hard, flat surfaces. All styles optimize the posture and relieve the back and joints while training neglected muscles. How? The noticeable curved sole and the soft Masai Sensor in the heel simulate healthy barefoot walking on soft, natural surfaces. This globally patented "Masai Barefoot Technology" improves the gait and posture and minimizes back and joint ailments at the same time.
Wearing MBTs automatically generates the additional muscle activation - the special sole construction places the body in a state of natural instability - just like walking barefoot on an uneven surface - that is intuitively compensated for by muscle activity. This has an immediate effect of the abdominal, gluteal and posterior femoral musculature, and this in turn stimulates the metabolism.
More Oxygen = Better Concentration
A study by the Swiss Health and Performance Laboratory at the Bern University showed that the effort of counterbalancing MBT's instable sole construction in standing increases oxygen consumption by 9.3 percent. (5) Moreover, many more muscles are activated than in conventional shoes. (6) This in turn increases circulation activity and encourages blood flow. The increase in physical activity leads to an improvement in concentration and attentiveness, setting the stage for improved performance.
Current Study proves Increased Wellbeing through Wearing MBTs at the Workplace
In a recent study (August 2008), the effectiveness of MBTs as a means of improving quality of life was tested at a selected company whose employees stand in the production facility. The result was convincing: The study significantly documented an increase in health-related quality of life, as well as the habitual sense of wellbeing, in MBT wearers in comparison with a control group wearing conventional shoes.
The MBT Professional Collection for Working People
Next to the "Athletic" and "Casual" collections, MBT specifically targets all those who do a lot of standing and walking at work. The various styles for women and men are primarily interpreted here in the classic working-world colours black and white. Variations with laces and Velcro closures, as well as practical slipper styles, offer an appropriate look for every working environment.
(1) Benno Nigg, Sabrina Hintzen, Reed Ferber: Effect of an unstable shoe construction on lower extremity gait characteristics. Clinical Biomechanics 21 (2006) 82-88.
(2) R. Brand (1), Bauer, C (2).: Masai Barefoot Technology im Umfeld eines Betriebes. Randomisierte kontrollierte Effektstudie zur Messung von lebenszufriedenheits- und wohlbefindlichkeitssteigernden Effekten durch das Tragen von MBT-Schuhen bei vorwiegend stehenden Tätigkeiten. [Masai Barefoot Technology in an operational setting. A randomized controlled effect trial to measure quality of life and well being effects due to wearing MBT-shoes in standing activities.]. 1 = Head of Sport Psychology, Institution of Sport Science, University of Potsdam. 2= Meisterleistung Health Management and Coaching, Stuttgart, Germany. Internal report 2008.
(3) Hans Hoppeler, Benedikt Gasser, Adrian Stäuber, Michael Vogt: Erhöhter Energieverbrauch beim Stehen mit instabiler Sohlenkonstruktion. [Increased Metabolism while standing with unstable shoe construction.] Swiss Health and Performance Laboratory, Bern University, Switzerland. Internal report 2008. Submitted for publication.
(4) Benno M. Nigg: The MBT shoe and its biomechanical/therapeutic effects. Human Performance Laboratory, University of Calgary, Canada. Internal report 2004.
(5) Hans Hoppeler, Benedikt Gasser, Adrian Stäuber, Michael Vogt: Erhöhter Energieverbrauch beim Stehen mit instabiler Sohlenkonstruktion. [Increased Metabolism while standing with unstable shoe construction.] Swiss Health and Performance Laboratory, Bern University, Switzerland. Internal report 2008. Submitted for publication.
(6) Benno M. Nigg: The MBT shoe and its biomechanical/therapeutic effects. Human Performance Laboratory, University of Calgary, Canada. Internal report 2004.