Rib blockage

Rib blockages are often very painful. Not only can they cause back pain, but also complaints radiating to the arms or the abdominal cavity.

Affected individuals experience one-sided, movement-dependent pain that gets worse while inhaling.

In the kybun shoe/on the kybun mat, the ribs are gently mobilised and the back musculature is strengthened at the same time. Therefore you can do something about your problem yourself.


Ribs are the rod-shaped bones of the chest which are connected to the thoracic spine by joints at the rear of the body. The connection between a rib and the thoracic spine is called a costovertebral joint.

If one or more of these joints are blocked, it is called a rib blockage.


  • An incorrect body posture (working on the computer) or weakened musculature (extended sitting or standing in one place, little day-to-day activity or no compensating sports) can lead to blockage of the costovertebral joints.
  • Existing blockages in the thoracic spine increase the risk of a subsequent blockage of a rib.

Long-term consequences

A one-sided or non-physiological body posture leads to excessive strain on the back. When excessive strain is placed on the back, it responds over time with pain or blockages that can later lead to chronic pain, wear (e.g. herniated discs) or problems in other body regions.

Conventional therapy

  • Analgesics (painkillers)
  • Physiotherapy (manual therapy, heat applications ...)
  • Rest, avoiding painful movements so the inflammation can subside.

The kybun principle of operation – being proactive

Muscle strengthening and stretching in the kybun shoe
The kybun shoe has a soft, elastic sole that does not limit foot mobility but provides full freedom for unrestricted movement in all directions. Standing on the soft, elastic surface with the associated instability in the kybun shoe trains the muscular system and straightens the body. A one-sided relieving posture is prevented. The load on both sides of the body is even, which counteracts tension. The foot can move freely while walking the way nature intended. By eliminating the heel, the foot sinks deep into the sole even on a hard, flat surface. This stretches and relaxes the muscles.

Upright posture on the kybun mat
Sitting for long periods of time, especially with poor posture, puts one-sided strain on the muscles and spinal column. Underused muscles get weaker and shorten over time. On the other hand, muscles under excessive one-sided strain respond by tensing up. This leads to neck, hip and back pain, and subsequently to further malpositions.

The muscles are stretched, relaxed and trained on the soft, elastic mat of the kybun mat, which brings the body into a natural, upright posture. This releases tension and imbalances. The standing and posture muscles are strengthened in a targeted manner. Back pain can be relieved by switching between tensing and relaxing the muscles.

Initial reactions

Specific initial reactions with a blocked rib:

Pain may be felt in the beginning when the costovertebral joint is still inflamed due to the acute blockage. If this occurs, please follow the advice under ‘Application tips’. Once the acute inflammation has subsided, you should be able to walk in the kybun shoe or stand on the kybun mat without pain.


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 kybun shoe/on the kybun mat in the beginning, we recommend reducing the period of use so that you can walk in the kybun shoe/stand on the kybun mat without pain.
The pain will decrease once the acute inflammation of the costovertebral joint has subsided and the rib is more mobile again.

We advise you to perform the kybun exercises regularly every now and again. They relax your muscles and can therefore help release the blockage.

Choose a kybun shoe with a lower rebound effect. This gives you more stability in the midfoot. Have a kybun dealer show you various models.

If you experience severe fatigue even with the kybun exercises, feel pain or in case of lateral/medial rolling on the kybun shoe sole, we advise taking a short kybun shoe/kybun mat break until the symptoms go away.

Be sure to maintain an upright posture, avoid taking excessively long stepsandkeep 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.

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