Core Strength Ball Exercises Guides
When looking at the history of Swiss or gym ball exercises, one needs to go back to the 1960’s. Swiss physiotherapists used the ball exercises to help children with cerebral palsy to facilitate balance and equilibrium, coining the term “Swiss” ball exercises. Since then patients have been looking for core strength ball exercises to help improve their functional capacity.
In recommending core strength ball exercises, consideration needs to be given to the patients ability, conditioning and size of ball to use. The size of the ball used depends on your height and weight. The ball comes in various sizes and there is a ball exercise guide when determining the correct size of ball.
45 cm. ball < 5’0” tall
55 cm ball < 5’0” – 5’7” tall
65 cm ball < 5’ 8” – 6’2” tall
75 cm ball > 6‘3” tall
The use of balance balls has gained popularity in the treatment of back pain and general conditioning. The advantage of doing core strength ball exercises includes safety, minimal expense, activating the proprioception, balance, and equilibrium control. There is an incredible variety of exercises to help establish improved kinesthetic awareness, spinal stability and new movement patterns. Core strength ball exercises includes sensory motor stimulation as part of the therapeutic program for patients with acute or chronic back pain as well as for individual with potential defects such a scoliosis. Over the years our lives have changed substantially and is associated with a general decrease in sensory stimulation in the muscles and joints leaving us more susceptible to injury. More people have sedentary occupations that weaken the structures of our body and as such we need more help to withstand the forces imposed on them. Working to re-establish a stronger and more functional core stability has gained wide acceptance in the literature. Dr. Berg can help you implement core strength ball exercises to improve your specific needs depending on your problem.
This article on Core strength Ball Exercises is informational and not to be used to diagnose or treat any medical condition