Exercise compliance and the gym ball: a case study

Merritt, Larry G.
December 2001
Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association;Dec2001, Vol. 45 Issue 4, p221
Academic Journal
Manupulation and exercise are recommended by chiroproctors for treatment and prevention of low back problems. Many patients stop their exercise program with improvement in their symptoms. The success of exercises for the prevention of low back pain is dependent on several factors, one being continued compliance to the program. Only a small percentage of the general population do regular exercise; therefore, it is essential that patients recognize the importance of regular exercise in reducing the recurrence of their low back pain. This case study shows how the use of a gym ball appears to have improved compliance and reduced the incidence of low back pain for one patient with a history of re-occuring low back pain and a poor record of exercise compliance. The question must be asked, in this an case incident or is use of the gym ball an appropriate treatment for low back pain?


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