Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Does it help to sit on a Physio Ball at the Office?

Over the past 10 years or so, I am intrigued to see so many opt for a physio ball to sit on in the office, or at their desk. Many think this will improve their back. Some say the fact that the ball is dynamic (a moving surface to sit on) ensures strengthening of the muscles in the trunk and hence less back pain.

Is there basis for those who wish to sit on a physio ball when working?

According to a recent study[1], dynamic sitting does not improve trunk muscle activation and there has not been sufficient research to verify this.

What are the implications of this review of current research?

Before deciding for yourself that the solution to your back problem will be to sit on a physio ball, it is recommended that you make an appointment for a physio and occupational therapist who specialise in both back care and ergonomics and have them recommend the most effective plan for you.

When it comes to ones health, if you wish to live a healthy, fulfilling, productive life, it is advisable to make it a habit to check with the professionals. They are in the field of healthcare due to taking the time to learn various important facets that together comprise a healthy life and lifestyle. Your life and your health are too important to waste precious time and aggravate your finances by turning to those who are not professionals. If there is any reason for you and your health that you use a physio ball, make sure a physio directs you as to how to use it.

[1] (The effect of dynamic sitting on trunk muscle activation: a systematic review by O'Sullivan K, O'Sullivan P, O'Keeffe M, O'Sullivan L, Dankaerts W. Appl Ergon. 2013 Jul;44(4):628-35. doi: 10.1016/j.apergo.2012.12.006. Epub 2013 Jan 29.)

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