Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Cobblestone Paths Have Been Tested

What if simply by walking you could improve your blood pressure, reduce pain and gain stability. Researchers at Oregon Research Institute have shown just that with testing of senior citizens. The catch is that you need to walk on cobblestone mats.

"These are very exciting results," notes John Fisher, Ph.D., one of the lead scientists on the study. "Compared to conventional walking, the experience of walking on the river rock-like surface of these manufactured cobblestone mats improved participants' balance, measures of mobility, as well as reducing their blood pressure. These issues are highly important for preventing and delaying the onset of frailty among older adults, as well as helping them maintain their current health status. ORI Press Release

When we first encounter these mats in Tokyo in 1990 they were made out of wooden beads.The Japanese did a test using these mats. The test showed that walking on the mats not only improve blood flow to the feet but to the hands as well. Since in reflexology theory we relate the hands to the feet and vice versa it confirmed this theory.

There are many different types of mats from all over the world but these are the mats that were tested. Someday walking on mats may be a way to keep our senior citizens healthy and on their feet.

Kevin Kunz

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