More and more people are choosing to work on a “ball chair” in the office. But is it as effective as claimed? Can it really relieve your back? The response from Dr Gérald Kierzek, medical director of TipsForWomens.
Very popular in recent years, the ball or swiss ball seat is getting a lot of attention. And for good reason: it promises to increase balance, eliminate back pain and tone the abdominals. But what should we really think about it? Is it just a trendy object or a real health tool? Answer.
The ball seat strengthens the back and abs
In several European countries, Swiss Balls or ball seats are popular in schools as chairs for schoolchildren. But they are also used more and more in the office; to counter the harmful effects of static position and sedentary lifestyle.
The ball seat would, in fact, allow you to exercise without realizing it. Due to its unstable nature, it would increase balance, correct posture, strengthen the central back muscles (which support the spine, editor’s note) and would allow you to work your abs. The abdominal strap, like the deep muscles, is thus toned and sheathed.
“Being on a Swiss ball sets the muscles in motion. It is therefore an active position, not a passive one. Consequently, this ball seat will strengthen the abdominal muscles and improve posture, which is good for the back.“, confirmed Dr. Kierzek.
Useful in the office, at home as a seat or sports accessory
Another advantage of this ball: it would improve blood circulation, thanks to the micro-movements carried out.
Finally, the use of a ball chair would also be beneficial for concentration, because by seeking stability, brain capacities would develop unconsciously.
Regular practice of gym ball would therefore contribute to maintaining physical shape and the good health of your back.
“As a bonus, it can be used both in the office and at home, and can be used both as a seat or as a sports accessory, during Pilates, yoga sessions, etc.“, concluded Dr. Kierzek.