INTRODUCTION TO (NEURAL) BIO (MECHANICAL) ENGINEERING


Neural biomechanical engineering is an external, non-invasive, reversible process that alters the neuralbiomechanics of the human feet and lower limbs in a manner that makes their function specific to an activity such as skiing, skating or cycling. In some cases, the process can potentiate muscle power and/or the processes of balance. Neural biomechanical engineering is human function centric.

The graphic below is the pressure image of the right foot of the same elite cyclist in the last post except that the foot has undergone neural biomechanical engineering.Red is highest force. Dark blue is the lowest force. Forces were recorded with a Tekscan F Scan system fit to the shoe.

The highest primary forces are now across the heads of all five metatarsals with secondary forces under the big toe and, to a lesser extent, the second and third toes. The primary force is now applied to the pedal spindle. The applied force is also more focussed under the heel.

There are many other more subtle but important changes. But the central issue is whether metrics show a significant quantifiable improvement in performance.

What, if any, improvement in performance resulted from the application of neural biomechanical engineering? Any guesses?

 

 

4 comments

  1. Hi David,

    My guess would be that the cyclist would realize an increase in efficiency, i.e. more output for the same input. Does the Tekscan also have force sensors to quantify changes in pressure on the pedal as well?

    The pattern change may also indicate that the body has been able to recruit a more effective or innate movement pattern, like the stretch reflex sequence, which can be acquired more by relaxing into the proper stance than by trying to apply muscular effort. The key seems to be an understanding of the correct conditions and movements and then practicing enough to learn how to let it happen and what it should feel like when you get there. I recently experienced the “rooting” sensation you describe in your post “Stance Muscle Tensioning Sequence Exercise” and was amazed at how little effort is actually required. I think the key was learning from the post,what it feels like in one’s feet when you are there. It seems to come from allowing the foot to relax and stretch out in length as you settle into your stance.

    To be able to elicit that kind of response and/or enhance it with the application of an engineered device is a kind of bio-synergy which could really boost human performance.

    Best regards,
    Herb

    1. My guess would be that the cyclist would realize an increase in efficiency, i.e. more output for the same input.
      ANSWER: Yes

      Does the Tekscan also have force sensors to quantify changes in pressure on the pedal as well?
      ANSWER: No.

      The pattern change may also indicate that the body has been able to recruit a more effective or innate movement pattern, like the stretch reflex sequence, which can be acquired more by relaxing into the proper stance than by trying to apply muscular effort.
      ANSWER: Yes and no. My theory is that the principles of neural bio mechanical engineering reconfigure the muscles and sensory reception of the nerves in the feet. Studies need to be done to confirm this.

      The key seems to be an understanding of the correct conditions and movements and then practicing enough to learn how to let it happen and what it should feel like when you get there.
      ANSWER: In most cases, the response is immediate and requires no conscious involvement. Since the neuromuscular system is reconfigured performance should improve further with repetition. Again, studies need to be done to confirm this.

      To be able to elicit that kind of response and/or enhance it with the application of an engineered device is a kind of bio-synergy which could really boost human performance.
      ANSWER: The results to date are very encouraging.

  2. Is it engineering or expansion of the neurological clusters of sequencing the movement patterns for muscles and bones in our motor memory.

    Thereby, an athlete can FEEL whether the anatomy and brain are in-synch.

    Deanski

    1. The process is more aligned with biomechanical engineering in that it reconfigures the structures of the foot and lower limbs. By association, the neural aspects are also altered. The process is in its infancy. That I am able to achieve significant quantifiable performance improvements right out of the gate on my initial efforts is telling of the potential.

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