IT’S A HAND-FULL OF SCIENCE
Interdisciplinary know-how from many different scientific and research areas was necessary take the development of the LAUFMAUS® from an idea to the product.
(Graduate sports scientist and member of the LAUFMAUS®-development team)
Die (r)evolution on two feet
What the shamble of some runners has to do with our ancestors, the monkeys …
Our ancestors, the monkeys, are quadrupeds. With their long forearms and fingers, they are skilful at swinging, crawling and climbing. Due to the narrow pelvis, flat V-shaped feet and the inability to stretch their legs, monkeys can only do a kind of “waddle walk”. This makes them neither particularly fast nor particularly agile on the floor.
Humans, on the other hand, developed a completely different body and body focus in the course of evolution towards an upright walk: fully stretchable legs, significantly longer lower legs, shorter arms, a broad pelvis and feet with transverse and longitudinal arches. This enabled long and fast running and made it easier.
Despite these differences between monkeys and humans, two similarities are particularly striking: Both species use their front limbs to control the body. The direction in which the hands and head move is the direction of movement of the body. Head rotation and the position of the front upper extremities are extremely important for the directional stability of all movement patterns.
However, the construction of their hands gives humans a major advantage that only came about as they walk upright. Their hands are free and multipurpose usable. They are a true multi-tool and are not only used for gripping, holding, catching and defending, but they are also crucial for the position of the shoulder-arm complex and for a functioning body tension.
Humans’ hands initiate direction control when walking and stabilize the gait.
Exercise is the best medicine
Why anybody has the function and health of their cardiovascular system in their own hands …
Modern medicine is convinced that exercise in the form of running and weekly training keeps the organism fit up to high age. A strong cardiovascular system is proven to be the best guarantee for a long life. Strong muscles and trained joints ensure optimal body posture.
The desired positive effects can only occur if the run training is carried out optimally. To do this, the body’s centre of gravity must be optimal. Only through this we can avoid strain and excessive use of the joints.
From a medical point of view, the human body has several “set screws”. On the one hand – comparably to an earthquake-proof building, which has a large pendulum built-in – the body stabilizes itself via the internal organs as vibration absorbers. On the other hand this takes place via the skeleton, the muscles, fasciae, tendons and ligaments.
In the lower and upper body area a lot of elements must interact physiologically perfectly to attain maximum stability whilst running.
The perfect interaction between the upper and lower body is a prerequisite for good gait and walking stability: Inborn stabilizers include the muscle Musculus popliteus on the back of the knee, the arch of the foot, the sacrum and coccyx, the cervical spine, the neck muscles and last but not least the diaphragm, which is responsible for the width and stability of the chest.
The complexity of the control elements makes it clear how special and unique the human body’s statics have become by walking upright. Construction-related weaknesses in the blueprint of humans are relics of this erection, so-called anatomical constraints. This refers to areas in the body where the weight of joints and organs follows the law of gravity. This results in weighing on other areas, constricting or, at worst, jamming them.
The constrictions in the body are connective tissue, articulated and due to the position of the internal organs in every human resulting from the upright walk. Their negative influences on people’s health and performance can be influenced easily nevertheless. Relaxing the constrictions through optimized posture often works magically.
Having the LAUFMAUS®in your hands, these effects occur almost unconsciously. The body stretches and anatomical constraints are being reduced. The outwards turned hands and the parallel to the body held arms give not only the chest more space for movement and as a result enable deeper breathing. Also the organs in the abdomen gain significantly more room to function better during sporting activities. In addition, the cervical spine straightens and the carotid arteries and all vessels of the spine up to the spinal cord are under less stress.
The brain is always running too
How the brain plays a decisive role when it comes to the correct posture while running …
It is not without reason that the brain is the most important human organ. Only the brain has the special ability of neuroplasticity. It is in a constant interior remodelling that is never completed.
From this point of view, the sensorimotor influence via the hands to the brain becomes even more important. Finger position, hand position, sensor technology and motor skills of the hands are represented spatially and disproportionately strongly in the proportion of the entire brain substance. Smallest stimuli to the hands have a big impact on the whole body. Countless messages are processed in the brain, which come from the perception sensors on the palms of the hands.
The LAUFMAUS® triggers exactly those zones of the hand that have connections to the unconscious nervous system. The signals are carried through the arms to the brain.
Emotions and images, which ensure our inner well-being, are also responsible for the fact that there are concrete physiological reactions such as a change in posture or increased body tension. The brain processes these messages from the hand-arm-shoulder complex and reacts permanently and flexibly according to these messages. There are several ways it does this: nerves, blood vessels, lymph channels and chemical messengers. All excitation lines run via redundant biological detection systems that regulate themselves.
Free and elastic mobility, manoeuvrability, well-being and an improvement in general motor skills ultimately result from the hand contact that creates brain contact.
Runners need strong nerves
Why for athletes not just sometimes but always, running gets on their nerves …
Neurologists have long known the significant influence of the palms of the hands on the human nervous system. It is the receptiveness of the skin and the connective tissue that have a maximum effect on the body. These specific reflex zones are also called maximum points or “points of entry”.
The LAUFMAUS® uses the median spinal nerve called “Nervus medianus”, which runs through the palm of the hand, thumb and forefinger, to send a message to a specific area of the brain that is responsible for not consciously controlled movements in the area of the shoulder, arm and neck.
Starting from the hand, the so-called insula cortex gets activated via the vegetative nervous system and via the transmission in the spinal cord. The insula cortex is one of the five cerebral lobes that is integrated into the vegetative nervous system. As a link and control system between the different brain areas, the crucial modules for runners are generated in the insula cortex: performance and joy.
When and only when these two senses are in perfect harmony with each other the flow experience, which is so fascinating and so often cited and coveted by runners can be experienced.
Small dots – big impact
Why acupuncture needles and impulses in the palms of the hand are natural whole-body doping for athletes …
In acupuncture, the palms of the hands and the wrists have an immense effect on the internal organs of humans. In Chinese medicine, these points are used for the activation and influencing of life as well as organ energies.
Over 17,000 antennas are connected to and are in the hands. They are able to absorb all possible stimuli – no matter whether it is vibrations or movements or even the slightest change in temperature. The construction of the LAUFMAUS® is aimed precisely at this. If you carry them in your hand, contact is made along the lifeline to the extraordinary meridian acupuncture points that located in this area. This sensory effect of acupressure leads to an improvement in vitality and performance.