Back pain can be life changing and it is a problem that many people face. More than 31 million Americans have lower back pain at some point, and it’s estimated that 80% of people will have back pain at some point in their lives.
If you suffer from back pain, you know you’ll do almost anything to make it go away. But experts say you don’t necessarily need to shell out for fancy treatments: something as simple as an exercise ball can help you get relief and even keep your pain from coming back. Please note: Amazon is currently offering the popular UrbnFit balance ball almost 50% off – just for today! (If you’re looking for other fitness gear, check out these UrbnFit items on sale.)
Why a balance ball, though? It’s “a great tool for back pain relief,” Spectrum Health Outpatient Rehabilitation board-certified clinical orthopedic specialist Dr. Dale O’Leary told Yahoo Life. “It can help with strengthening and stability,” he adds.
A balance ball can develop your core muscles, which are essential for helping manage back problems, said Dr. Medhat Mikhael, pain management specialist and medical director of MemorialCare’s Spine Health Center Non-Operative Program. Orange Coast Medical Center in Fountain. Valley, Calif., tells Yahoo Life. “Your spine is a column supported by ligaments, but it’s also supported by many muscles, including your abdominal muscles,” he explains. “When your core muscles are weak, there’s a lot of tension and load on the spine – and that can lead to pain.”
But when you have a strong core, it helps support your spine and reduces your risk of back pain and tightness, Mikhael says. A balance ball “can be a great way to strengthen core muscles,” Dr. Mara Vucich, a physiatrist at Maryland Spine Center in Mercy, tells Yahoo Life.
Experts say you can use an exercise ball in several ways to reap the benefits of fighting back pain:
make bridges. O’Leary recommends this move: Lie flat on the floor, belly up, feet on the ball. Lift your buttocks off the floor in a bridge while keeping your navel tucked in. Tighten your glute muscles in the process.
Boards. Standing in a plank position, with your elbows bent resting on the ball and your toes on the floor, can be a good way to strengthen your core, says Mikhael.
Ready to relieve your back pain with a balance ball? The UrbnFit ball offers home gym quality. It’s made from professional-grade anti-burst PVC to help it last. The ball also has an easy-grip texture to keep you from slipping. Lay it flat up or down for a different stability challenge.
Removable resistance bands let you work your arms with bicep curls, and the included app gives you plenty of workout ideas.
The UrbnFit Balance Half Ball comes in blue and black – and they’re both on sale.
Over 1,100 Amazon shoppers love this exercise ball. “It withstood months of daily abuse from my 6’9″ husband and our 4 year old son,” shared a satisfied customer. “I also flip it, sit on a surface hover and do figure 8s with my hips to relax joints and muscles that can become sore after prolonged sitting.”
Another satisfied customer also shared this: “I use this product to strengthen my core. The exercises provided have been helpful and empowering. I have added it to my yoga routine.”
Ready to strengthen your core to minimize your back pain? The UrbnFit Balance Half Ball is here to help.
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The reviews quoted above reflect the most current versions at the time of publication.
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