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 kyBoot/kyBounder 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 kyBoot 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 kyBounder or in the kyBoot, 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 kyBoot or have been suffering from neck and shoulder problems for a long time already, you may experience pain in the kyBoot 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 kyBoot or on the kyBounder. 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 kyBoot, this is a sign that the kyBoot 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 kyBoot.


Click here for the general initial reactions experienced by kyBounder and kyBoot beginners: Initial reactions

kybun exercises

For information about the special kyBoot exercises or the basic kyBounder exercises , please click here: kybun exercises

Application tips

If you feel pain in the neck and shoulder region in the kyBoot or on the kyBounder, 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 kyBoot/kyBounder 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 kyBoot sole and correct any lateral/medial rolling of the ankle joint.

Opinions/customer testimonials

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 shoes kyBoot. After one year and two months since I got shoes kyBoot, 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.
Ich bin Kirchenmusikerin und hatte, bedingt durch die angespannte Sitzhaltung an der Orgel, häufig Verspannungen im Rücken- und Schulterbereich. Seitdem ich den kyBoot trage, hat sich meine Haltung deutlich verbessert und die Verspannungen sind merklich reduziert!
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. 
Als ich eine Erkältung mit sehr starken Kopfschmerzen hatte, ging ich nach Tagen zum Arzt. Der schickte mich mit einer Lungenentzündung nach Hause. Normalerweise habe ich mit meinen normalen Kissen kein Problem, aber in diesem Fall hat mir nur das kySsen geholfen, meine Kopfschmerzen in den Griff zu bekommen. Auch in der Nacht konnte ich durch die gute Stütze und die aktive Lagerung recht gut atmen und schlafen. Seit diesem Erlebnis, nehme ich das kySsen überall hin mit. Egal ob ins Hotel, in die Pension oder auch wenn ich privat bei jemandem übernachte. Ich kann das kySsen jedem sehr empfehlen, der sich auch gesund schlafen möchte.
Ich war wirklich gespannt, wie es sich darauf schläft, als ich es zuerst gesehen habe, weil es ja eine völlig unspektakuläre Form hat. Es sieht eher aus wie ein Sitzkissen als wie ein Schlafkissen. Aber nach einer kurzen Angewöhnungsphase muss ich sagen: keine Verspannungen mehr, kein Kopfweh mehr, wenn ich aufstehe… ein guter Start in den Tag.  Video ansehen
Nach den ersten Nächten mit dem kySsen hatte ich morgens Nackenschmerzen. Aber jetzt schlafe ich wie ein Murmeltier. Habe morgens auch keine Schmerzen mehr. Ich finde das kySsen super. Und mein Mann konnte noch nie eine ganze Nacht auf einem Kissen schlafen. Aber dieses kySsen ist so angenehm weich, dass auch er gut schlafen kann.
Ich habe zwei Bandscheibenvorfälle seit ca. 4 Jahren, die mich ziemlich plagen. Aber seit dem kySsen ist es viel besser und es entlastet die Wirbelsäule. Es ist wie auf einer Wolke, es passt sich an am Nacken. Man hat keine Verspannungen mehr, man steht einfach gemütlich auf, ohne zuerst auf den Bettrand zu sitzen. Man kann einfach in einem Ding aufstehen und es tut einem nichts weh.  Video ansehen
Bei einem Unfall habe ich mir vor acht Jahren drei Rückenwirbel gebrochen. Seitdem leide ich an neurologischen Beschwerden. In normalen Schuhen habe ich Schmerzen in der Brustwirbelsäule und bekomme Nackenverspannungen. Zudem habe ich eine leichte Tendenz zu Hallux. Dank dem kyBoot habe ich keine Mühe beim Gehen. Es ist einfach phänomenal. Es läuft sich sehr angenehm und den Hallux spüre ich kaum noch.
Seit November 2007 bin ich durch eine HWS Distorsion (Fahrradunfall) stark eingeschränkt. Unterwegs mit normalen Schuhen hatte ich bei jedem Schritt stechende Schmerzen im Nacken. Alle Therapieversuche zeigten keine bleibende Verbesserung - auch Schwimmen und MTT belasteten den Nacken zu stark. Einzig Bergaufgehen zeigte winzige Erfolge. Seit zwei Jahren bin ich nur noch mit kyBoots unterwegs und kann mittlerweile auch wieder längere Strecken (5 km) geradeaus zurücklegen. Diesen Erfolg habe ich wesentlich den kyBoot Schuhen zu verdanken. Vielen herzlichen Dank für diese geniale Entwicklung! Bitte machen Sie die Dämpfung auf keinen Fall schwächer - ich kaufe lieber jedes Jahr einen neuen Schuh.
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.

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