How Does an Exercise Ball Help Back Pain?

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What Causes Back Pain?

Back pain is often the result of having weak stabilising muscles supporting your joints. Without muscular support, your joints simply collapse. Your bony skeletons don't support themselves. The bones are held upright by efficient, supportive muscles that work across each and every joint in your body. 

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Research has shown us that pain causes these supportive muscles (known as your "stabilisers" or "inner core stability" muscles) to stop working. In fact, research on sufferers of lower back pain have found that these muscles stop working every time you experience back pain.

Even worse, in most cases these muscles don't automatically start working again when your pain goes. They need to be deliberately re-started by your brain.

How Can You Reactivate Your Core Stability Muscles?

There are several ways to reactivate your core stability muscles. One of the most effective is to use a Swiss Exercise Ball. Usually, some simple Exercise Ball exercises can usually automatically 'kick start' these stabilising muscles.

Your physiotherapist is an expert at the reactivation techniques of these stabilising muscles. For more advice please contact your physiotherapist. Alternatively, you can download or eBook on Back Pain Rehabilitation using a Swiss Exercise Ball.

How Does a Swiss Exercise Ball Eliminate Pain?

Your Exercise Ball is an unstable surface. When you sit or exercise upon one of these balls, your body will automatically recruit your natural balance reactions. One of the important most components of your balance reaction system is the activation of your stabilising muscles. With repeated use over just a few days, your stabilising muscles will automatically start working again in most cases.

Researchers have discovered that simply by activating the inner core stability muscles, you have two to three times less likelihood of recurring lower back pain.

What Can You Do?

If you want to fix your back pain you can do something. The Exercise Ball could be just the solution you need to avoid future bouts of lower back pain.

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