Socks appeal? U.S. doctor says Canadian therapy product offers significant promise
Dr. Mark DeBrincat has developed the nickname “the good news doctor” because he refuses to give up on providing treatments he believes will help improve the lives of patients at his busy chiropractic clinic in Castle Rock, Colorado. Nobody was more surprised than he was about the results that followed early testing on a pair of therapeutic socks designed by Jay Dhaliwal, founder and CEO of Canadian neurotherapeutic company VoxxLife.
Both men articulate the same mission: a passion to help improve the lives of others.
Dhaliwal was inspired by his mother, diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1983, to seek non-traditional methods to assist those who may not feel fully served by traditional therapies.
Dr. DeBrincat’s life was sidelined in 1997 by a near fatal head-on collision. Confined to a wheelchair at age 40, he underwent seven back surgeries and had a computer implanted in his spine to block out intense pain. “I lived a very limited life and gave up hope that I was ever going to get better,” he recalls. “In 2014, neurofeedback took a big turn for me and I started growing brain and spinal tissue and getting some of my abilities back. I found a microcirculation device that helped me get rid of scar tissue. I used nutrients and essential oils that helped me to make a big breakthrough. In short, I got my life back.”
Dr. DeBrincat’s personal journey inspired him to consider other products that might assist patients.
“I’m [asked] to look at a lot of products, but I only investigate those products I believe can be of some help to the patients I see,” he says. “I was contacted by VoxxLife to look at their socks some time ago, but didn’t examine the product until they were recommended by a friend.”
VoxxLife states the value proposition for its VOXX HPT footwear products, both socks and insoles as incorporating “…a very specific sequence and pattern of neuroreceptor activation on the bottom of the feet…”
Dr. DeBrincat’s standard for whether products such as the VoxxLife socks produce stimulation beneficial to the patient involves brain mapping.
“Brain mapping looks at 12 different spots around the head and records activity from up to 60,000 neural synapses every hundredth of a second,” he says. “We can see exactly what your brain is doing neurologically right now. But we can also see what you’re capable of doing that you’re not doing right now. Using such tools as neurofeedback, we believe we can direct patients to help to calm down areas of the brain that are over stimulated, wake up areas of the brain that are dormant and grow new brain nerve tissue through the phenomenon of neuroplasticity.”
Dr. DeBrincat first performed a brain scan on himself, comparing two readings, one while wearing regular footwear and one while wearing VoxxLife socks.
“With the socks, I saw areas of the brain map indicating that the dominant frequency — what that area of the brain is capable of doing — change from too low to 100 per cent,” he says. “My heart did a backflip. From testing nutrients to essential oils to energy feedback and microcirculation devices, I’ve never seen a change this dramatic. And this was the result of simply putting on a pair of socks. The stimulation is entirely tactile. There are no wires, bumps or magnets in the socks.”
Dr. DeBrincat requested a meeting with Dhaliwal and agreed to act as a consultant for the company to carry out a clinical study on the product.
“We’re mapping with the subject’s own socks on, then performing another map, some with the same socks, some with placebo and some with VoxxLife,” he says. “With the same socks or placebo socks we see no more than an overall variance of two to five per cent in brain maps. With the VoxxLife socks on, we’re mapping anywhere from a 40 to 50 per cent change. We’ve seen areas of the brain representing anxiety calmed down and those representing depression woken up. Although it’s not part of the study, I’ve seen patients struggling with pain or with problems related to balance and coordination show significant improvement.”
“I’m excited to see a product like this demonstrate such potential,” he says. “But I always point out that no product can heal you. It can only help the body do a better job of healing itself.”
Printed online on December 22, 2017 by the National Post.good news, good news doctor, holistic health, natural health, natural therapy, voxx