The Achilles tendon is the largest and strongest tendon in the human body and usually withstands very high tensile forces during exercise, but it is also one of the most commonly injured tendons. Achilles tendinopathy (AT) occurs in 2% of the general population and in 7–9% of people doing running sports, rising to up to 52% among sprinters. Also, another problem we had in mind when starting the development of this platform was children born with clubfoot. Annually, from 1% to 3% of children are born with this condition worldwide, on average 0.8% undergo surgery in the first year of life, after which they need to do special exercises to strengthen the calf muscles and stretch their Achilles tendons until they are 5 years old.
Many passive therapies such as injections, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), ultrasound, shock wave, laser, iontophoresis, acupuncture, wearing orthopedic insoles, wearing night splints, vibration and cryotherapy, mucopolysaccharides, and waiting approach to managing the AT have not brought significant improvement. However, there is strong evidence in support of the use of exercise therapy as a primary treatment option. Tendons adapt to stress because mechanical disturbance of inter- and intrafascicular cells triggers a molecular response signaling the expression of important proteins in the extracellular matrix that restore the mechanical properties of the tendon.
Three main exercise regimens are widely used, each associated with clinical symptom improvement to varying degrees, namely the Alfredsson eccentric protocol, the combined Silbernagel concentric-eccentric protocol, and the heavy slow resistance protocol.
Our AR platform allows you to use all 3 techniques to restore the Achilles tendon. It was developed taking into account research data and recommendations of leading orthopedists. It brings excellent results when used as an injury prevention strategy to maintain the elasticity of muscles and tendons.
When in the postoperative period, consult with your doctor whether you can use the platform and how it is to be used.
In addition to working with the Achilles tendon, we recommend using the platform to reduce back discomfort and prevent office syndrome. According to the 2020 study The Efficacy of Healthy Stand on Back Pain in Office Syndrome by Pongsak Jaroenngarmsamer*, Boonsiri Keawtongpan, Phannee Rojanabenjakun, Jatuporn Ounprasertsuk, Tipvarin Benjanirat, Sasipen Krutchangthong, and Sunatcha Choawai, making the healthy stand as pictured below for two minutes per exercise greatly reduces back pain after just a month.