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Christophe OTTE, father of the Kinépod concept

Christophe Otte

Christophe OTTE, father of the Kinépod concept


Even as a young man, I was passionate about the art of manipulating and placing braces. My grandmother was my role model. Just like her ancestors, she practiced a large number of manipulations, placing braces as best she could. So, even as a child, I was able to observe the amazing results of these strange practices.

And it was by vocation and out of a wish to understand that I decided to study kinesiotherapy. Afterwards, to enhance my understanding of the mechanics of the joints, and in particular those of the foot, I returned to my podology studies. I also trained in osteopathy, orthopaedics, manual postural therapy (orthopractics, Moneyron method), and posturology.

 Despite this wide variety of training, I still had many questions and many new ones had been added to the list.

Clinical practice was a great aid in better understanding the human body. I first applied what I learned and observed the limits of each of these treatments.

 My first clinical observation was that the patients for whom I had produced passive orthopaedic insoles became totally dependent on them and, over the longer term, they suffered higher up the body. This observation forced me to realise that, just like other medical orthoses, orthopaedic insoles allow the muscles to rest because they limit the foot’s mobility. Consequently, over time the muscle becomes too weak because of the orthopaedic support, making it difficult if not impossible for my patients to go without their insoles. Their lives are then plagued by the pain caused by the insoles! All in all, wearing passive orthopaedic insoles was effective over the short term but, unfortunately, frequently led to compensating for the foot’s loss of mobility because of the insoles.

Following these observations, I decided to find a way to rehabilitate the muscles and the proprioception in kinesiotherapy sessions. Through research, many meetings (with engineers, specialists,…) and numerous trials, with the help of my father, Dr. Philippe Otte (who became enthralled by my little adventure), I was able to successfully develop the first active orthopaedic insole, a therapeutic device that can be used in clinics. This foot orthosis, which I have called “kinepodic”, is currently protected by 2 patents and has been awarded a prize for innovation.

However, out-patient rehabilitation is sometimes limited because of insurmountable inadequacies. That is why I decided to couple wearing active insoles in daily life with exercises on active insoles in the clinic and/or at home. The results were breathtaking. For the first time, I observed the disappearance of deformations among children. I had never seen this sort of result from conventional rehabilitation (kinesiotherapy or podology).

This was the birth of dynamic rehabilitation. It was also at this time that I realised there was no manipulative therapy applied to the body in motion. I then developed orthokinesic manipulation, a manipulation of the body in motion, and thus tensed. This method quickly reaps better results than static therapies on pathologies caused by postural-dynamic problems.

Through my practice, I realised that many imbalances are caused by the temporomandibular joints. This is why I trained in maxillofacial and orthodontic rehabilitation. I am also fortunate enough to have a brother who is a doctor-dentist, Dr. Olivier Otte, who was also aware of the descending chain results of imbalances in the mouth. Together we launched a range of active mouth orthoses. Using the active principle, our goal was always to rehabilitate the mouth in motion. This orthosis enables perfect maxillofacial rehabilitation, temporomandibular balance and orthodontic rehabilitation.

To complete my range of active rehabilitation devices, I developed oculomotor rehabilitation by creating the active ocular board. This idea came to me after taking a few orthoptic sessions for a minor oculomotor fault in my right eye.

Finally, I met Matthieu Selsek, an IT engineer who is also very interested in human biomechanics. After setting up his company, MCS Innovation, I became his biomechanics consultant in the development of Podia XP software. These diagnostic aides are very useful to me in my professional practice. Our laboratory is continuing its partnership with MCS Innovation.

Above all else, the KINEPOD laboratory was established to share my experience and therapeutic devices with other healthcare professionals, and to promote my rehabilitation method.