kybun Mat


The kybun mat is an elastic springy mat like no other. Its reactive rebound-effect allows the foot to sink in deep and springs straight back to its original position. The kybun mat encourages the body into constant, minute movements to maintain balance and posture. The rebound-effect causes the muscles to tense and relax simultaneously, exercising the muscles in your feet, legs and trunk. The kybun mat improves your balance, coordination and all-round fitness without taking up any extra time at all.

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Scientists have long established that our gait and the health of our musculoskeletal system is also a key indicator of longevity and our true fitness.As a little kid, we began our first movements from crawling and before standing, walking, jogging and eventually running.  It is clear that in natural physiological order that before we walk and beyond, we must first stand correctly and properly – a rolling stone gathers no moss.

Therefore, we can walk as much as we like but if the foundation of the movement is wrong and the quality of the movement is poor, it will make us even less mobile – as we would be exacerbating the gap between the strong and weak areas of the body, consequently tightening and over-stressing already weak areas, causing pain and discomfort, further restricting movement, and possibly lead to injuries.

It’s not the entire person that stops, just individual muscles and muscle groups. That’s a far greater problem than the quantity of movement!  It’s not enough to say: ‘I walk/jog/hike regularly.’ That would be like saying: ‘I eat enough carbohydrates, vegetables and meat.’  Yes, but what about the vitamins, minerals and essential nutrients?

Frailty is therefore a result of incorrect ‘movement nourishment’.

By not exercising the small, deep layers of balancing muscles, only the outer layers of muscle are trained, while the small balancing muscles relax.  Unless you spend a few hours a day walking barefoot in the sand, walking on soft, springy surfaces or a tightrope or doing balancing and stretching exercises, you will become less mobile because muscle imbalances immediately cause ‘fascia agglutinations’ that minimise the scope of movement of the joints, meaning you become increasingly immobile over the course of your lifetime.

This is caused by walking on flat everyday surfaces in flat, covered shoes that often create problems just by wearing them long enough, much less walking and standing in them!  They put more strain on the hips than develop the musculature of the feet and supporting muscles.  The fascia agglutinations limit movement in certain muscles. This sets off a chain reaction throughout the entire body, because all of the muscles in the body are connected.

The smaller the range of motion, the smaller and more unsteady the steps become. Posture becomes more stooped because the fasciae in the back are also affected.  So all these problems really begin with the limitation of the small muscles in the foot and shin area by walking in unsuitable footwear on flat everyday surfaces.

What About Sitting Then?

So we know that by walking on hard, flat surfaces in typical footwear, the front of our feet is strained, our hip flexors shortened, the lumbar spine is bent unnaturally, and that gives rise to pain in the hips, pelvis, back and knees. eet.

Would sitting help alleviate these stresses.  The answer is a resounding no.  I mean this is obvious to most people.  Sitting long hours further weaken our muscles, cause further stress to our hips, pelvis, back due to common improper sitting postures – but also, it adds to the problem by creating middle and upper body issues including in the thoracic region, neck and shoulders.

In fact, it is common that people have muscle tension in the back, vertebral blockage, pain in the hips, knees and feet, shoulders and neck.  The foot’s natural functions – joint mobility, strength and sensory ability – go unused and the feet become passive.

The research team at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center show in their study that long periods spent sitting have a very negative effect in terms of health. This long-term study involving more than 17,000 participants shows that sitting raises your risk of dying from cardiovascular disease and other illnesses. This was true even among physically active test subjects. This observation is important as it proves that long periods spent sitting passively cannot be countered by occasional sports activity

Changing Your Gait Pattern by Strengthening Your Feet

Since most problems related to the musculoskeletal system are caused by weak feet, the treatment of such problems must begin with the feet. Everyone would benefit from changing their gait pattern in such a way as to primarily use their feet rather than their hips. This is the only way to treat the underlying causes of musculoskeletal problems. The aim is to reactivate the foot muscles and reduce the load on the hips.

The feeling of standing on a soft, springy surface

Karl Müller’s kybun MechanoTherapy is an empirical, scientific process that has led to discoveries and the invention of kybun mat.  By standing on the soft, springy kybun mat and walking around in kybun shoes with air-cushion soles, you can strengthen your feet, develop a more upright posture, relax your muscles, protect your joints and improve your blood circulation.  The kybun mat trains muscles, coordination and proprioception. Standing and walking on the elastic springy kybun mat improves posture and strengthens the entire musculoskeletal system

What distinguishes the kybun mat from a traditional therapy mat?

The kybun mat compresses a great deal when loaded and then relaxes immediately and completely, almost like a spring, when the load is reduced. This generates the maximum elasticity required to activate all the deep muscle layers in those standing on it. This effect is achieved primarily due to the kybun mat’s open-celled, breathable polyurethane pore structure.
Traditional therapy mats do not compress completely when loaded. Their structures harden when loaded, and the lack of elasticity creates a swimming, ‘wobbly’ effect. The springy effect is not achieved because the PVC pore structure, which is usually filled with air, regenerates only slowly when the load is reduced.

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

He tested the instability caused by the mats based on the distance from subjects’ centre of balance. The results showed that exercise on the kybun mat 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 kybun mat compares: huge demands placed on your balance system

The data show that greater control is needed to stand still on the kybun mat (= harder work). This is due to the high degree of instability which characterises the kybun mat, and can be seen on all frequency levels. According to Bochdansky this result indicates that exercising on the kybun mat 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 kybun mat allows the exercise intensity to be increased, this also improves its effect.

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 stabilisation mechanisms. This improves your dynamic spine stabilisation (= 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 kybun mat leads to a general improvement in your balance and can thus help reduce your risk of a fall. The kybun mat 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 kybun mat provided the most instability compared with other exercise mats. From this we can conclude that balance training on the kybun mat can have a greater effect on dynamically stabilising the spine, and should thus have a high primary and secondary effect in preventing backache.” Dr. Thomas Bochdansky, head of the department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the regional hospital in Feldkirch, Austria.

kybun products support the fascia system

kybun materials promote the elastic springy trampoline effect so that fasciae are unable to stick together.  The renowned and probably best-known fascia researcher Dr. Robert Schleip corroborates the effectiveness of kybun materials:

“I am convinced that walking and standing on the elastic springy kybun materials in daily life can have profound effects on the entire fascia network. Today’s widespread restriction of the human movement range leads to connective tissue adhesions and stiffness, which in turn trigger numerous disorders in the musculoskeletal system.

In my opinion, an enhancement of the joint movements that take place in everyday life, as can be expected with kybun MechanoTherapy not only in the leg and pelvic area but also in the entire body, is an important step towards regaining pain-free, elastic and flexible mobility.”


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