kyBounder MORE EFFECTIVE THAN CONVENTIONAL THERAPY MATS

In February 2009 a team led by Dr Thomas Bochdanksy, head of the department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the regional hospital in Feldkirch, Austria, studied the effect of the kyBounder on 31 test subjects, compared with a conventional therapy mat.

He tested the instability caused by the mats based on the distance from subjects’ center of balance. The results showed that exercise on the kyBounder stimulates postural stability far more than on a conventional therapy mat. Dr Bochdansky believes that this intensive way of improving your balance boosts the functions of the deep muscles and, among other things, helps reduce pain, especially in the lumbar vertebrae.

How the kyBounder compares: huge demands placed on your balance system

The data show that greater control is needed to stand still on the kyBounder (= harder work). This is due to the high degree of instability which characterizes the kyBounder, and can be seen on all frequency levels (see graph). According to Bochdansky this result indicates that exercising on the kyBounder makes demands on all the main control systems (visual, vestibular and somatosensory).The expert’s positive interpretation of the study results is that as the kyBounder allows the exercise intensity to be increased, this also improves its effect.

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What does instability mean for your body?

Your body reacts very sensitively to instability, as in everyday life it indicates a high risk of a fall. Confronted with an unstable surface, your body thus automatically tries to regain stability. In therapy, instability can be used in a highly targeted manner as a stimulus to exercise the body’s natural stabilization mechanisms. This improves your dynamic spine stabilization (= postural stability, core stability), which is a key factor in the occurrence of backache over long distances.

What benefit does instability have during sports or in therapy and rehabilitation?

The trunk is the basis for any movement in your extremities. Generally, it can be said that the stronger that basis is, the better (more precise, targeted, extreme) the movement is. Exercising on a kyBounder leads to a general improvement in your balance and can thus help reduce your risk of a fall. The kyBounder can play a valuable part in every field of preventive work (primary, secondary and tertiary prevention). Moreover, instability can also play a major role in improving your dynamic control of your joints, leading in the case of degenerative illnesses to better kinematics and kinetics and thus ideally distributing the load on your joints.

“When measuring balance we found that the kyBounder provided the most instability compared with other exercise mats. From this we can conclude that balance training on the kyBounder can have a greater effect on dynamically stabilizing the spine, and should thus have a high primary and secondary effect in preventing backache.” Dr. Thomas Bochdanksy, head of the department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the regional hospital in Feldkirch, Austria.

This instability is also provided by the kyBoot, meaning that the kyBoot should also provide effective exercise with its special walk-on-air sole.

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—Dr. Mercer Rang, the legendary orthopedic surgeon and researcher in pediatric development.
We’re lucky, because we’re watching one of the most harmful myths in human performance explode before our eyes. I discovered this quite by accident while researching Born to Run. When I set o to explore the secrets of the Tarahumara, I assumed this ancient tribe was custodian of a tidy little technical trick, and once I learned it, I’d abracadabra myself from a broken-down ex-runner into an unbreakable, unstoppable, ultrarunning dirt demon. Read more

 

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TREAT THE CAUSE, NOT THE SYMPTOM

Trish Scott created Incrediball Enterprises in 1998 and in 2010 moved her business to Fort Langley. She has focused her entire career on finding holistic solutions to foot, joint and back pain.

“TREAT THE CAUSE, NOT THE SYMPTOM”
31 years experience as a fitness professional and functional footwear expert made Trish Scott question current belief systems. “WHY are foot problems in our society becoming epidemic? WHY is everyone in need of orthotics or getting knees and hips replaced? WHY is so much money being spent on treatments and user fees for back and joint pain?”
Almost every customer that walks through our doors has a story. Pain, injury and countless treatments that have been unsuccessful. My story is not much different, but I am happy to let people know that we have another option for them.
Read the full story published in the 2016 Villager Magazine HERE.

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Karl Müller, entrepreneur and inventor behind kybun

mullerKarl Müller was born in 1952 in Roggwil, a municipality in the Swiss canton of Thurgau. After studying mechanical engineering at the Swiss Institute of Technology in Zurich, in 1979 he moved to South Korea. At first he studied on a scholarship at Seoul National University but, seven months after he had begun, the Korean President Park was killed and the university closed due to months of mass demonstrations.

Entrepreneurial spark
After this incident, in 1980, Karl was left looking for a job in Korea. He found a gap in the market and founded his first company, which imported Swiss specialities for hotels. Over the next years he set up 12 companies in Korea, opening restaurants, selling textile machines and becoming the first trader to import skis into Korea. Every field he touched turned to gold.

Ups and downs

Karl paid a high price for his success, suffering a burnout. To get back to good health, in 1990 he sold all his companies and returned to Switzerland, by Lake Constance. He bought a farm and spent ten years living a self-sufficient life, using the time to establish a private, non-profit residential rehab centre. After three years, however, his cash flow dried up and Karl started working as a travelling trader at weekly markets.

Start of MBT
In Korea, Karl discovered the positive characteristics of a clay soil. As the water gradually drained away on the fields, the ground was soft and supple, making it very pleasant to stand and walk upon. The idea behind MBT came to him, as a gift from Heaven; he did research and developed the concept, acting as his own test subject.

In 1997 Karl brought the MBT shoe onto the market, revolutionising the shoe industry with its ‘rolling sole’. This rolling shoe has proved its value as a means of therapy and is today copied by more than 100 shoe producers round the world.

kyBoot – the new generation (from MBT to kybun)
Karl Müller continued to research into even better ways to imitate the pleasant feeling from the rice paddy. The soft, supple sole he developed was to have been the next MBT generation. However, as his minority partners preferred to remain with the round sole, in 2006 they parted company on good terms. The result of this development was a new brand, the kyBoot. In 2007, Karl founded kybun AG and started developing the kyBoot and other accompanying products.

kybun exercise concept
The kyBoot is part of the kybun exercise concept, which also includes the kyBounder (the soft, supple, springy mat) and the kyTrainer (the soft treadmill).
According to the Swiss newspaper SonntagsZeitung, Karl Müller is one of the most innovative entrepreneurs in Switzerland, and has written design history.

Social commitment
The family’s KM Foundation is an important part of Karl Müller’s social commitment. The organisation was founded on the basis of the Christian philosophy of helping those in need, and helps disadvantaged people throughout the world.

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Vibram FiveFingers® footwear is different than any other footwear on the planet. Not only does it bring you closer to your environment, it also delivers a number of positive health benefits—by leveraging all of the body’s natural biomechanics, so you can move as nature intended.
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1.Strengthens Muscles in the Feet and Lower Legs—Wearing Vibram FiveFingers will stimulate and strengthen muscles in the feet and lower legs, improving general foot health and reducing the risk of injury.

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3. Stimulates Neural Function Important to Balance and Agility—When wearing VibramFiveFingers, thousands of neurological receptors in the feet send valuable information to the brain, improving balance and agility.

4. Eliminate Heel Lift to Align the Spine and Improve Posture—By lowering the heel, your bodyweight becomes evenly distributed across the footbed, promoting proper posture and spinal alignment.

5. Allow the Foot and Body to Move Naturally—Which just FEELS GOOD.

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” Are we really losing our natural ability to stand on our own two feet, and maintain a healthy structure? Strong feet keep us firmly connected to the ground, and create a solid foundation for the entire skeletal system. But, thanks in part to our choice of footwear, we have effectively weakened our entire structure and, in particular, the musculature of the feet. Structural injuries and deviations are actually on the rise despite all the supported arches, flared soles and shock absorption being offered up by shoe manufacturers.

Podiatrists would substantiate that, in some cases, foot structure has been deformed by the long-term effects of wearing fashionable shoes. Additionally, we seem to be losing the ability to perform basic functions such as standing and balancing without the aid of a shoe. ”
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