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Muscle tension / hardening

Neck discomfort from sitting in the office and cycling in my free time

I got a kyBoot about three months ago bought and immediately worn it more or less all day during work (sedentary work). I suffer from neck problems, especially in spring when the bike season starts. With a few acupuncture treatments, I've usually got this problem under control for the whole season. This year, however, not. I wonder if the kyBoot could be the reason? What do you advise me? Should I forego it altogether or start some kind of advanced training?

Walking in the kyBoot is a major change for the body compared to "normal, hard" shoes. It is therefore very important that you give the body time to make this change. Start with half an hour at a time several times a day and gradually increase the wearing time over several weeks. It can take three to four months for the body to get used to the kyBoot.
Switching to the kyBoot is very worthwhile! In the kyBoot you walk like walking barefoot; Your stabilizing foot muscles are strengthened and the joints are relieved. Since you roll more off your feet when walking in the kyBoot, you automatically walk more upright. This allows your superficial back and neck muscles to relax. Your situation (neck problems) in this area should therefore improve.

Since you wore the kyBoot while sitting, the kyBoot cannot do anything. Only when walking or standing does it relieve the joints by allowing the feet to roll naturally.

As you correctly described, the neck muscles are very stressed by the posture of the head when mountain biking. For the next season, I therefore advise you to slowly build up the duration of the training so that the neck muscles can slowly get used to the new task (holding your head while biking).

After your bike training, you can take the strain off your neck muscles by walking in the kyBoot: The superficial muscles that you used while biking are relaxed and the deep, stabilizing muscles are strengthened.

I recommend the kyBounder while you work! You can train your body while standing on the kyBounder; you automatically have an upright body position, which relieves the neck. If you don't have a standing desk, you can also use the kyBounder in between, for example when you are making a phone call or reading something.

Can I wear the kyBoot after an operation on my cervical vertebrae?

I would like to buy a kyBoot because I recently had an operation on my cervical vertebrae. Now I would like to know whether the kyBoot is even suitable for me.

Because the kyBoot sole is very soft, the knocks to the joints when walking are cushioned. This is a very pleasant feeling after an operation. In addition, the foot in the kyBoot can roll over the heel again. As a result, the deep, stabilizing foot muscles are strengthened and the joints above are less stressed.

The body is straightened by the increased rolling of the foot. The neck and throat muscles can relax and the cervical vertebrae and intervertebral discs are increasingly moved in the upright, natural axis.
The deep, stabilizing neck muscles, which are weakened after the operation, are gently trained. This stabilizes the cervical spine and protects it from wear and tear.

At first, I recommend that you only wear the kyBoot for a short period of time so that your body can slowly get used to it. In the first few days, 10 to 30 minutes at a time is usually sufficient, several times a day. If your muscles become very tired or symptoms arise, this is a sign that you are taking a short break from kyBoot.

Can the kyBoot cause neck pain?

For some time now, I've actually been a happy owner of the kyBoot. At my young age I already have varicose veins and heavy legs more often. That's why I bought the kyBoot. The heavy legs are gone now. However, I have had neck pain for a few days and it seems to me that it is getting worse. It cracks and crunches in the neck every time I move. Today I also have a headache because of my neck.
What shall I do now? Should I no longer use the kyBoot? Could it be that a problem that was not dealt with around four years ago, but which "disappeared" by itself at the time, is now reappearing thanks to the kyBoot? The neck problems were caused by the use of external force on the neck.

Yes it is what you think. As an initial reaction, the kyBoot can point out weak points on the body, in your case neck problems. This happens because it mobilizes the foundation of your body, your feet. In the long term, this strengthens your foundation, muscle chains and your whole body, but there can be reactions at the beginning. Therefore, please only wear the kyBoot temporarily at the beginning. It would be best only if you go. When you are standing, you should keep moving your feet. Wear the kyBoot very often, but never for too long in one go (initially 20-30 minutes are often enough). Make sure that your working posture is correct, i.e. that it is upright. This has a major impact on neck problems.

Contact person: Karl Müller
Question asked by: C. Ismaaciil
Tennis elbow / epicondylitis humeri radialis

Does the kyBoot help with tennis elbow / epicondylitis humeri radialis, neck problems or with office work?

I got tennis elbow two months ago. - Can the kyBoot cure this?

You cannot directly influence a tennis elbow with the kyBoot. This may be done indirectly, through better posture in the shoulder / neck region (see below). The cause of tennis elbows is often one-sided, overloading movements of the forearm / hand. Therefore, this problem often occurs after hours of computer work. If you work in the office or sit at the computer a lot as a hobby, I advise you to change your sitting position again and again. It would be even better to work on the kyBounder. The dynamic standing also changes the shoulder / neck / back position. As a result of better posture, there is also less overload in the elbow area. Because many tennis elbows are caused by the cervical spine:

In the following video you can see what office work looks like while standing on the kyBounder:
Office videos (video library)

Poor posture of the shoulders / head will overload (stretch or compress) the nerves that run from the neck to the arms. This can lead to symptoms in the elbow. I cannot say whether that is the case with you. A physical therapist can find this out with tests.

If you decide to work on the kyBounder in the future, I recommend the basic exercises on our homepage. You can do this regularly to loosen up muscles and joints.

kybun exercises (video library)

Stroke / stroke / "Schlägli" and kyBoot?

Have you already been able to gain experience with stroke patients?

After a stroke, the symptoms of those affected vary greatly, so I cannot make a general statement

The kyBoot has an unstable sole, which promotes coordination and strength in the feet. In addition, the wearer can feel the ground through the sole, this gives him security when walking and promotes the sensitivity of the feet.

Symptoms such as dizziness, gait disorders, coordination and balance disorders can therefore be tackled very well with the kyBoot, and the person affected can independently complete a daily, adapted training session with the kyBoot.

In the event of paralysis of parts of the body, the person concerned or the treating therapist must assess whether the kyBoot is training their weaknesses and provides more safety when walking, or whether the person concerned is currently overwhelmed by the instability in the kyBoot. As long as the person concerned feels safe and comfortable in the kyBoot, I recommend the kyBoot. If there is an increased risk of falling, I would still advise against the kyBoot at the moment and train the stabilizing foot muscles on the kyBounder while standing using the 4 basic exercises:

kybun exercises especially for the kyBounder

The person concerned can hold on to a solid object if he feels too unsafe using his hands. In addition, he can concentrate well on the position of the feet and posture (upright) while standing.

At a later point in time, when the foot and leg muscles are already somewhat stronger, he may also be able to walk safely in the kyBoot.

Increased neck pain after Nordic walking in the kyBoot

I would ask you to let me know as soon as possible whether the kyBoot can also be worn for Nordic walking. I wore a test shoe for three hours in the city of Bern today and quickly felt comfortable in it, but now I have increased pain in the neck / shoulder area and also feel tired. My problem is the neck (two herniated discs and a spondylophyte)

I am pleased that you feel comfortable in the kyBoot! The kyBoot is ideally suited for Nordic walking! However, one must take into account that the body is challenged more muscularly and is therefore more likely to tire. That's why I would initially put on the kyBoot for everyday use and only use it for Nordic walking at a later point in time.

In your case, I advise you to slowly increase the length of time you wear it, start with half an hour at a time, several times a day. I suspect three hours straight was a little too much for your body to start with, which is why you got this neck pain.

The entire posture in the kyBoot is more upright than in a "normal, hard shoe". Your body has to get used to these new joint positions, from foot to head in the cervical spine.

Take a few weeks or months to increase the wearing time! Listen to your body; Fatigue is the first sign that the body needs a break.