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Our mission was to create a product that would almost immediately improve your sense of movement and stimulate an increase in the ground forces you naturally generate so that walking/running faster / further or performing your chosen activity at a higher level is easier than ever before.

Your feet have a built-in “speaker system” (called mechanoreceptors) that are embedded inside your nerve cells, muscles and skin. Its job is to transmit simple messages that occur when we stand or move throughout the entire body. These messages help your muscles to be more efficient.

Currently, this highly important speaker system that influences all our muscle function is deactivated (without tyfo).

Human movement can be greatly influenced if positive messages are transmitted via this speaker system to our muscles, however, without activation it's almost impossible to achieve higher muscle function or the highest performance possible without a serious risk of injury.

tyfo is the only brand that activates and stimulates these mechanoreceptors to create a higher muscle performance, which is why we call our new product tyfo Muscle Activators.


Below are some of the research papers that inspired and informed our journey. Being academic papers they make for some pretty dry reading, but if you are a medical professional or simply just curious about the latest science around the role of the foot in human movement and health then these resources may be of interest.

Happy Feet: Improving foot core stability emerges as latest fitness target

SUMMARY: A more plain-speaking summary of some of these concepts can be found in this article, originally published in The Australian & The Times (UK, 4th June 2018)


The foot core system: a new paradigm for understanding intrinsic foot muscle function (cited in The Times article above)

SUMMARY: Examines the concept of “foot core” strength via the intrinsic musculatory system & its critical role in foot & lower body health, movement & rehabilitation.


Proprioception: The Forgotten Sixth Sense

SUMMARY: Discusses the importance of proprioception in maintaining balance, coordinating movement, and preventing injury. The paper also discusses the impact of various neurological diseases on proprioception and the potential benefits of proprioceptive training in improving motor function in patients with neurological conditions.


Foot sole cutaneous stimulation mitigates neuromuscular fatigue during a sustained plantar flexor isometric task

SUMMARY: This study found that foot sole stimulation reduced neuromuscular fatigue and improved performance during the sustained plantar flexor isometric task. The results suggest that foot sole cutaneous stimulation can be an effective way to mitigate neuromuscular fatigue during physical tasks by 15%.


The Role of Proprioception in the Management and Rehabilitation of Athletic Injuries

SUMMARY: Discusses the importance of proprioception in maintaining joint stability and preventing injury & describes various techniques for assessing proprioception and improving proprioception through rehabilitation exercises. The authors conclude that proprioception plays a crucial role in the management and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries and that improving proprioception can lead to improved joint stability and reduced risk of injury.


Sensitivity Mapping of The Human Foot: Thresholds at 30 Skin Locations

SUMMARY: Maps the role of mechanoreceptors in the foot & concludes the pivotal role of the plantar mechanoreceptors in assisting balance & movement.


Supra-threshold vibration applied to the foot soles enhances jump height under maximum effort

SUMMARY: This study demonstrates increased jump height and muscle activation via stimulation of the foot sensory system.


The Multi-Functional Foot in Athletic Movement: Extraordinary Feats by Our Extraordinary Feet

SUMMARY: Examines the complex anatomy and biomechanics of the foot, and how the foot's structure and function allow for various athletic movements such as jumping, running, and cutting. It also describes the various injuries that can occur due to the demands placed on the foot during athletic activities, and the importance of foot stability and proper biomechanics in preventing these injuries. The authors conclude that the foot is an amazing multi-functional structure that is essential to athletic movement and performance\ and that proper foot care and attention to foot biomechanics can help prevent injury and improve athletic performance.


Intrinsic foot muscles have the capacity to control deformation of the longitudinal arch

SUMMARY: Examines the role intrinsic foot muscles play in maintaining the stability and shape of the longitudinal arch during various activities such as walking, running, and jumping. The results of this study provide evidence for the importance of intrinsic foot muscles in foot function.


Cutaneous Mechanoreceptor Feedback from the Hand and Foot Can Modulate Muscle Sympathetic Nerve Activity

SUMMARY: This paper discusses the effects of cutaneous mechanoreceptor feedback from the hand and foot on muscle sympathetic nerve activity, which is part of the stress response cascade in the body. The study suggests that this type of stimulation can modulate sympathetic nerve activity, potentially having an impact on stress response.


The skeletal muscle fiber: a mechanically sensitive cell

SUMMARY: This study examines  the skeletal muscle fiber as a mechanically sensitive cell and how it can respond to different types of mechanical stimulation. The authors explore how mechanical loading can lead to changes in muscle size, strength, and endurance, and the underlying mechanisms behind these changes.


Effect of Foot Reflexology Intervention on Depression, Anxiety, and Sleep Quality in Adults: A Meta-Analysis and Metaregression of Randomized Controlled Trials

SUMMARY: This study evaluated the effect of foot reflexology intervention on depression, anxiety, and sleep quality in adults. The results showed a significant positive effect on depression, anxiety, and sleep quality in adults receiving foot reflexology intervention compared to those in the control group. The results suggest that foot reflexology may be an effective complementary treatment for adults with depression, anxiety, and sleep problems.


The Mechanosensory Neurons of Touch and their Mechanisms of Activation

SUMMARY: This paper explores the mechanosensory neurons that are responsible for touch perception and their mechanisms of activation. The authors discuss the different types of mechanosensory neurons, their properties and functions, and the ways in which they are activated by mechanical stimuli.