The Run Down On the Stability Ball
The stability ball has had long-standing success in the world of clinical rehabilitation. However, due to their effectiveness in developing balance and core strength, athletic trainers, coaches, personal trainers and physical education teachers have begun to integrate them into their programs. Now they are considered a must-have piece of fitness equipment in the world of athletic and functional conditioning.
The history of the stability ball originates back to the early 1960s. It was made by an Italian toy maker, Aquilino Cosani and sold primarily in Europe as the Gymnastik.
Often used as conservative treatment for back pain sufferers the stability ball is designed to help prevent further episodes of low back pain and is often used as part of a rehabilitation program. The stability ball is effective in rehabilitation of the back because it helps strengthen and develop the core body muscles that help to stabilize the spine.
Once limited to the rehabilitation and clinical setting, the stability ball has permeated to all sectors of the health and fitness community. In clinics they are still used to provide gentle proprioceptive stimuli for individuals recovering from surgery. The stability ball is fun, it's colourful and everybody from pediatric patients to geriatric patients literally find the salience ball to be something unique and that they can generate some enthusiasm about.
The unique thing about the stability ball is that they utilize the neuromuscular system in a way that no other exercise equipment can. They incorporate the use of:
1. Multiple muscle systems
2. Neurologically induced muscular responses
3. A normal and natural process of balance
4. The body's own normal processes, to establish and restore balance.
Not all stability balls are created equal, drop by your local Spartan Fitness store and take a look at our selection of stability balls. Purchase your stability ball here.
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