An Exercise Ball is Your Best Tool for Spine Health Outside of a Chiropractor

Sometimes, the most efficient tool for the job is also one of the simplest. When talking about spine health, one of the best tools for encouraging everyday wellness is even simpler than you might expect: An exercise ball.

At Strong Life Chiropractic, our Lithia and Tampa, FL patients are always amazed when we recommend an exercise ball as a great tool for spine health. It’s hard to get over the fact that a big rubber ball is able to drastically improve spinal wellness! Believe it or not, an exercise ball might just change your life if you’re diligent in using it correctly.

Get familiar with the exercise ball

From workout videos, to gym equipment, to ads on TV, we guarantee you’ve seen an exercise ball before. These balls range in size – usually from 45-65cm in diameter, depending on the height of the person sitting on them. They also go by quite a few names, including Swiss balls, stability balls, therapy balls, and blue balls (because they’re almost always blue).

Exercise balls are generally made of rubber or vinyl, which means they have some “give” when inflated. This makes them perfect for a broad range of exercises, as well as for sitting on for extended periods of time.

How they’re used

Exercise balls are a paragon of diversity. Most people incorporate them into at-home workouts and stretches, as a way to gain leverage and work fast-twitch muscles. Contrary to their name, stability balls actually introduce instability to whatever workout you’re using them for. This causes your body to constantly adapt and re-center itself, which works ligaments and muscles in new and effective ways.

In addition to adding instability to exercises, these balls also make great chairs. People sitting at desks for long periods throughout the day often opt for stability balls to give them a passive workout while they focus on their work.

What makes stability balls so great?

The benefits of stability balls are tremendous when used properly. Moreover, they’re proven. Everyone from athletes and trainers to students and business professionals have contributed to the ever-growing body of evidence that stability (or, rather, instability) is an important part of muscle development. Other benefits include:

  • Spine stabilization: Constant balancing and awareness of posture means the spine is always being stabilized and supported during sitting or workouts.
  • Core strengthening: When sat on for prolonged periods of time, the core is given a passive workout that strengthens deep tissue muscles, for better postural support.
  • Postural improvement: There’s no opportunity to slump or slouch on a stability ball, which is conducive to better posture and ergonomics.
  • Improve focus on stabilization: When used for exercise purposes, stability balls add an element of focus on instability, improving cognition about from and execution.

Whether being used as a chair or introduced to a stretching regimen, exercise balls immediately increase the amount of work the body is doing. Moreover, they work the deeper muscles and ligaments that aren’t targeted by static exercise, which doesn’t stimulate fast-twitch muscles.

Give it a try!

We see plenty of skepticism and surprise when we recommend patients get an exercise ball for their home. If you’re concerned the concept is too simple or that it’s too good to be true, we invite you to try it for yourself. The benefits speak for themselves!

The next time you’re in for a chiropractic appointment at Strong Life Chiropractic, as one of our Lithia or Tampa, FL chiropractors about how to use an exercise ball. We can even help you build specializes exercises into your Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) management program, to maximize the results of your at-home care approach!

Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.