Neck and shoulder problems

More and more people suffer from acute or chronic pain in the area of the cervical spine or shoulder girdle.

A good posture and well trained musculature of the shoulder girdle and cervical spine is the best prevention to avoid injuries or signs of wear.

The kybun shoe/kybun mat helps you improve your posture in everyday life through fine activation of the core and postural muscles. This relieves tension in the neck and shoulder region and alleviates pain.


Cervicobrachialgia (synonyms: cervicobrachial syndrome, cervicobrachial neuralgia, shoulder-arm syndrome) refers to pain emanating from the cervical spine and radiating to the arm.

Whiplash injury refers to symptoms (headaches, neck pain, dizziness, speech disturbances, uncertain gait and many more) that generally occur within 0 to 72 hours after acceleration and overextension of the head, usually in the course of a motor vehicle accident, typically a rear-end collision – without direct damage to the skull, brain, spinal cord and cervical spine. This is the most common complication after motor vehicle accidents and a dreaded cause of chronic complaints. The cause of chronic problems suffered by some accident victims is unknown and hotly debated to this day.

The technical term for a herniated disc in the cervical spine is ‘cervical disc hernia’, since the intervertebral disc does not actually prolapse but tears or becomes porous, so that the fluid it contains (gelatinous tissue with a high water content) presses against the surrounding nerves of the cervical spine.


There are numerous possible reasons for problems in the neck and shoulder region. Clearly one of the leading causes is that more and more people spend their time sitting down today.

Working on the computer, watching television a lot, long trips by car – all these activities make a major contribution to the rapid increase of back pain in general and cervical spine complaints in particular seen over the last few years.

In addition, the vast majority of us are doing less and less physical activity during day-to-day work or leisure time. The consequence of this sedentary lifestyle is that the musculature that supports our cervical spine keeps getting weaker. At the same time, other muscles are increasingly tensing up due to improper and excessive strain. Many patients complain of severe local pain, especially in the neck region.

Long-term consequences

A one-sided or unfavourable body posture leads to excessive strain on the back, including the transition between the shoulders and cervical spine. When excessive strain in this area lasts for a long time, it eventually responds with pain or tension that can later lead to chronic pain, wear (e.g. herniated discs) or problems in other parts of the body.

Conventional therapy

  • Therapy, e.g. physiotherapy
  • Analgesics (painkillers)
  • Operation

The kybun principle of operation – being proactive

The soft, elastic kybun sole absorbs the impact of hard surfaces and stimulates the body to assume an upright posture. This relieves the neck and shoulder region:
The upright body posture stretches the shortened muscles and alleviates tension and pain.

With targeted exercises on the kybun mat or in the kybun shoe, you can train your sensorimotor and coordinative abilities, strengthen the muscles of the musculoskeletal system and positively influence regenerative processes in body regions that are injured.

Initial reactions

Specific initial reactions with existing shoulder-cervical spine problems:

If you are not yet accustomed to the kybun shoe or have been suffering from neck and shoulder problems for a long time already, you may experience pain in the kybun shoe in the beginning. One reason is that the neck and shoulder musculature is still weak or shortened and tense. Your body assumes a new posture while walking in the kybun shoe or on the kybun mat. You stand more upright than previously in ‘normal’ shoes with their stiffer soles. This is an unaccustomed challenge for your back, which has to get used to the different distribution of pressure.
If you experience new, unfamiliar neck and shoulder pain with the kybun shoe, this is a sign that the kybun shoe still constitutes a major challenge for your body. In this case we advise performing the kybun exercises and, if this does not help anymore, taking a kybun break so your body can recover.
Once your shoulder girdle/cervical spine musculature is strong enough and this area is more relaxed, the initial reactions will disappear and you can walk ever longer distances in the kybun shoe.


Click here for the general initial reactions experienced by kybun mat and kybun shoe beginners: Initial reactions

kybun exercises

For information about the special kybun shoe exercises or the basic kybun mat exercises, please click here: kybun exercises

Application tips

If you feel pain in the neck and shoulder region in the kybun shoe or on the kybun mat, or if your existing pain gets worse, this may be due to various reasons (e.g. tense muscles, an unaccustomed posture or movements that are unfamiliar for the back).

We advise you to perform the kybun exercises regularly every now and again. They loosen your musculature and you are less likely to fall into a passive posture that puts strain on the shoulder girdle and neck.

If you get very fatigued in spite of the kybun exercises, if you feel pain or in case of lateral/medial rolling of the ankle joint on the kybun sole, we advise you to take a short kybun shoe/kybun mat break until the symptoms go away.

Be sure to maintain an upright posture, avoid taking excessively long steps and keep your gaze forward (do not look at the floor). You should walk straight on the kybun shoe sole and correct any lateral/medial rolling of the ankle joint.

Opinions/customer testimonials

I feel it throughout my entire body. I have been able to significantly reduce the spasticity in my shoulder and in my arm. It’s still a little bit stiff, of course. The spasticity caused my arm to be stuck in a rigid position on my chest. That caused a lot of pain and tension in my body, but I don’t have that anymore. I no longer have to put up with it. I feel a lot more relaxed now; my back doesn’t tense up, and I can even raise my arm. The reason all this has happened is because my muscles are relaxed, and I believe that this is down to wearing the kybun shoe. This shoe has made all this possible.

I have scoliosis since childhood, probably as a result of 1 cm one leg short, I'm still living with pain (in the back, below the right shoulder blade, then began to manifest pain in the hip). I did not know nothing about Swiss footwear brand kybun. Fortuitously, I met a man that works with the company kybun. I studied the technology and started with trust to wear kybun shoes. After one year and two months since I got the kybun shoe, I can 100% certainty that biomechanoterapi works. No pain under the shoulder blade! I have no pain in the hip, strengthened stability in the legs. I thank God that he took care of my health and gave me new friends.

I often suffered from pain under my right shoulder. I would say after maybe one hour of practising. I tried everything. Gymnastics, physiotherapy, relaxation exercises while practising and afterwards too. All of this still led to unsatisfactory results. But since I’ve been practising on the kyBounder, I always stand on it and then get off and walk around a little bit. I don’t suffer from the pain any more. It’s incredible.

My posture has improved. I walk nice and upright and don't have any pain in my upper body any more, especially my shoulders. It feels like your stomach, legs and bottom are being toned. It's a great physical feeling!

My lower legs got more mobile. My little toe is not inflamed any more. I also felt a difference in my neck. At first it was very tense, until I realised that it had something to do with the shoes; they were massaging me. It feels totally different when you walk. It's much harder in the shoes with insoles. In the kyBoot you float as you walk. Your whole body is involved.

I have two herniated discs for the past 4 years, that bother me quite a lot. Since I started sleeping on the kySsen, the pain is more bearable and my spine is relieved. Its like laying on a cloud that adapts to my neck.   I can easily get out of bed without first sitting up on the bed side.  I can just up in one fell swoop and nothing hurts. 

I broke three vertebrae in my back in an accident eight years ago. I have suffered from neurological complaints ever since. In normal shoes I have pain in my upper thoracic spine and feel tense in my neck. I also have a minor hallux condition. Thanks to the kybun shoe, I can walk without any pain. It is simply phenomenal. Walking is very enjoyable and I hardly notice the hallux anymore.