Most people don’t think about their posture when they are sitting, but good posture can help prevent or reduce back pain. This video will show you how a slightly inflated beach ball can help you sit properly with good spine alignment.
To do this activity, use a small beach ball that has been inflated with three to four breaths. It should look as if it is mostly deflated and almost flat.
Place the beach ball vertically between your back and the chair, and then scoot back all the way until you feel the support of the ball. This position will help to lift the chest. The beach ball size, or shape, can be changed frequently, and you can move it as you need to. This could be used effectively when you are sitting at your computer, in your car or watching TV in your favorite chair.
This position should feel comfortable, but if you feel any pain, stop the activity immediately. You can also use the slightly inflated beach ball if you had neck surgery.
Remember, the beach ball is usually more comfortable if it is placed vertically, along the spine, which will help to lift and support your chest. You may also use it in a horizontal position if you feel that is more comfortable.
The Laser Spine Institute Exercise Video Series, including all functional activities, post-surgical exercises and descriptions were designed specifically for Laser Spine Institute patients only. If you have not been prescribed these exercises, you should contact your physician before starting this or any exercise program. Exercise is not without its risks, and this or any other exercise program may result in injury. Risks include, but are not limited to: risk of injury, aggravation of a pre-existing condition, or adverse effect of over-exertion such as muscle strain, abnormal blood pressure, fainting and disorders of heart beat. As with any exercise program, if at any point during your workout you begin to feel faint, dizzy, or have physical discomfort, you should stop immediately and consult your surgeon's liaison or physician.