Neck and shoulder problems

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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.

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.

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