exercise ball

The exercise ball is an exercise treatment option for back pain sufferers.

It is designed to help or minimize further episodes of low back pain.

The exercise ball is effective in rehabilitation of the back because it strengthens and develops the core body muscles that help to stabilize the spine.

What happens over time is that the muscles you use to keep in balance on the ball become stronger and stronger.

You then build strength in important back muscles and abdominal muscles without knowing it.

They say that an it has an increased tendency to maintain a neutral spine position during exercise

In particular, many Swiss ball exercises are designed to bring movement to the spine in a controlled manner to help keep the discs nourished.

You can get them online or from physiotherapy departments but for someone already suffering from a bad back your first port of call should be to visit a GP for a referel to a Physiotherapist. You should NEVER try to do the exercises without seeing someone first.



  1. Very interesting Barb. During my tennis elebow problem I used a wheat bag which was heated in a microwave and put on the painful area.As I said previously I had acupuncture as well, when physio couldn’t fix the problem.


  2. I’m so glad you found benefit from acupuncture, your right, its great for lots of different pain conditions. My first experience was after a broken ankle and terrible ligament pain – acupuncture was the last think I tried but the only thing that worked. Hoping that others will try it sooner rather than later.


  3. I have also used this exercise ball, I discovered it first during labour at the hospital! I now use it to relieve my lower backpain, what exercises do you do on it?

    I’ve also found a great lower back support online, which I use everywhere. My main problem is sitting incorrectly in my office chair, this really helped me.

    I hope it helps others too.


  4. Exercise balls really are great for low back pain, and building core strength in general. I have compiled a list of exercises (with how to perform them) on my site: Exercise Ball tips. I am a physical therapist, and even though my site is tailored to golfers, the exercises are applicable to anyone.


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