Is an Exercise Ball Good for Lower Back Pain?
Back pain is often the result of having weak stabilising muscles supporting your joints. Without strong support, your joints collapse. Your bony skeletons don’t stand up by themselves. The bones are held upright by efficient, supportive muscles that work across every joint in your body.
Research has shown us that pain causes these supportive muscles (known as your “stabilisers” or “inner core stability” muscles) to stop working. Research on lower back pain sufferers has 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.
Your exercise ball is an unstable surface. When you sit or exercise upon one of these balls, your body automatically recruits your natural balance reactions. One of the critical components of your balance reaction system is the activation of your core stabilising muscles. With repeated use over just a few days, your stabilising muscles will usually automatically start working again in most cases.
So, doe the use of an exercise ball help lower back pain? In most cases, YES. But, in some cases, it can aggravate your lower back pain. Please consult your trusted back pain physiotherapist, for an individualised assessment and back care program.
There are several ways to reactivate your core stability muscles. One of the most effective is to use a Physio Exercise Ball. Usually, some simple exercise all exercises can often automatically ‘kick start’ these stabilising muscles.
Your physiotherapist has special training in the reactivation techniques of these stabilising muscles. For more advice, please contact your physiotherapist.