Using an exercise ball to overcome degenerative spine conditions
If you have neck or back pain as a result of a degenerative spine condition, such as a herniated disc, spinal stenosis or spondylolisthesis, some low-impact exercises with an exercise ball can be effective in managing your pain from home, or even prevent pain in the first place.
The onset of a degenerative spine condition can be accelerated by an injury or a variety of lifestyle factors, but quite often, it is a result of nothing more than regular wear and tear over the course of a lifetime. In order to limit the effects of this wear and tear, one of the best things you can do is stay in shape with strong core, back and neck muscles. By strengthening the muscle groups that support the neck and back, you take pressure off the spinal column, help prevent injury and make recovering from an injury a much quicker process.
The benefit of an exercise ball is that it takes up very little room in the house (especially when compared to other exercise equipment on the market), is relatively cheap, and is extremely beneficial in engaging a variety of muscles. Some of the exercises that can be attempted with an exercise ball include:
- Weight training — Using free weights in conjunction with an exercise ball works more muscles and adds a level of balance compared to traditional benches.
- Sit-ups and pushups — These exercises build stomach muscles, oblique muscles other abdominal muscles and muscles in the shoulders and back.
- Stretching — Flexibility training is particularly effective with an exercise ball.
- Posture improvement — Many people sit on an exercise ball at work rather than a chair because it forces the user to maintain good posture and balance.
If you continue to experience chronic neck or back pain, despite your time on an exercise ball or with other conservative treatments, contact Laser Spine Institute to learn how our minimally invasive, outpatient spine procedures may be able to provide you with the lasting pain relief you require. Call today to schedule your initial consultation and to request a review of your most recent MRI or CT scan.