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1.  The gym ball as a chair for the back pain patient: A two case report 
The popularity of the gym ball has led to its increased use in programs designed for fitness, rehabilitation and prevention. Some people are using the gym ball to replace the office chair and others are sitting on it at home, which has created some controversy among therapists, researchers, ergonomics experts and the general public. The controversy is due in part to a lack of knowledge and experience with this application for the gym ball. Both patients in this report were suffering with low back pain, and both improved when they began consistently using the gym ball. There are two reasons for case presentations, to document a treatment of a condition and to promote discussion that may lead to research. This presentation will hopefully accomplish this.
PMCID: PMC1924654  PMID: 17657291
gym ball; back pain; Gymball; mal de dos
2.  Exercise compliance and the gym ball: a case study 
Manipulation and exercise are recommended by chiropractors 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-occurring low back pain and a poor record of exercise compliance. The question must be asked, is this an case incident or is use of the gym ball an appropriate treatment for low back pain?
PMCID: PMC2505090
exercise; gymball; low back pain

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