Therapists and trainers are continuously confronted with trying to find cost effective yet efficient training tools to help prevent pain and enhance rehab for their clients. Physical therapists, occupational therapists, chiropractors, athletic trainers, and personal trainers using the Core Activator are giving it high marks. This is a tool for rehab that places the user in spine neutral position, and can be utilized in a wide range of therapeutic tasks. From simple pre-training stretches to hands on interactive therapy, the Core Activator can be a unique and versatile piece of equipment.
The Core Activator automatically activates muscle fiber recruitment of spine stabilizers while reducing spinal compression to less than body weight. Pre-activating core muscles in warm-up wakes up stabilizer muscles so they can fire more easily during more dynamic training/rehab exercises. The Core Activator is an excellent alternative to larger, more expensive therapy machines that have the client seated during therapy. The range of use on this equipment allows the independence of several options of therapy or workouts without the need to transfer to other pieces of equipment.
Simply getting motion into the spine, and activating core musculature can have dramatic effects on trauma patients. Bed ridden geriatric patients can begin to reverse muscle atrophy and deliver much needed nutrients to the spine. Dr. Jeff had one patient that greatly reduced her sciatica in a single session.
Build endurance in muscle groups that are responsible for producing efficient movement. Improve agility and add power in good movement patterns.
If You Have Back Pain
Notes from renowned back expert, Dr. Stuart McGill
While there is a common belief among some experts that exercise sessions should be performed at least 3 times per week, it appears low back exercises have the most beneficial effect when performed daily. Low back exercises performed for maintenance of health need not emphasize strength, with high-load low repetition tasks, rather more repetitions of less demanding exercises will assist in the enhancement of endurance and strength.
Sitting on an exercise ball performing movement exercises increases spine compression to a flexed spine. This retards progress – it is generally a poor choice of back exercise until quite late in a therapeutic progression. True spine stability is achieved with a “balanced” stiffening from the entire musculature including the rectus abdominis and the abdominal wall, quadratus lumborum, latissimus dorsi and the back extensors of longissimus, ilioicostalis and multifidus.
The staples of most back rehab programs should be eliminated because of the tremendous compression loading forces that they create through the discs of the spine.Performing sit-ups both replicates a potent injury mechanism (specifically posterior disc herniation) and results in high loads on the spine. In rehab, breathing in and out should occur continuously, and not be trained to a specific exertion effort – this helps to maintain constant abdominal muscle activation and ensure spine stability during all situations. The goals are to enhance spine stability through grooving motion and muscle activation patterns to prepare for all types of challenges.
McGill, S.M. (2007) Low back disorders:
McGill, S.M. (2009) Ultimate back fitness and performance