Balance Training is mandatory for any athlete but also very
important for any movement associated with life.
Balance training has been shown to reduce the incidence of injuries to the ankle, knee, hips, back and upper body. The role of balance training in maintaining functional joints stability is also an excellent form of rehabilitation for injuries to the above structures.
Indo Board Balance Trainer’s provide a progression from the linear and lateral movements of other traditional stationary balance boards. The movement of the board on the the roller or the full circle range of the IndoFLO® Balance Cushion creates a greater challenge to the proprioreceptors of the activated muscles thus intensifying the theraputic effects.
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Relief from pain:
Pain relief can be dramatic and rapid.
Increase in blood supply, reduce healing time:
By stimulating muscles to work the healing time of injured soft tissue can be reduced by increasing blood supply. This process will bring more healing products to the injured area.
Improved venous and lymphatic drainage:
By promoting movement that increases the muscular pump action to rid an area of excess fluid buildup.
Loosening of adhesions:
By maintaining movement of tissues in the area of inflammatory reaction there will be a decrease in the amount of adhesions that would normally form as a result of immobility. In case of pre-existing adhesions balance boards can help loosen and stretch the contracted scar tissue, bringing about a more efficient and pain- free range of motion.
Improvement of functional instability:
It has been proposed that functional instability is usually due to motor incoordination following articular deafferentation and that the sequel could have been prevented by functional training.
Increased proprioceptive awareness:
By reeducating mechanoreceptors, normal neuromuscular communication is maintained. Without the reeducation, the brain will not be fully aware of its true position of a joint, nor will it be able to communicate with the muscular system efficiently.
Significantly reduce recurrent sprains:
By reestablishing proprioception, prevention is further insured. The avoidance of re-injury depends on the proprioceptive system’s ability to relay information to the CNS.
Coordinated Movement & Cocontraction Affect:
One characteristic of optimal joint function is the quality of coordinated motion and the level of muscular cocontraction. Balance board training can enhance function by providing a level of challenge in training that exceeds the conditions of normal competition. Training at a higher, more challenging degree to enhance competitive performance is a very common principle of sports science.
For any given task or skill, a neural pathway is required for its execution. Required information travels from brain to muscles via neural pathways. The quantity and quality of these neural pathways determines the ability to execute poorly or perfectly. Balance board training can improve the neural pathways for trunk and lower extremity stabilization. It can also enhance reflexive response as well as the timing and amplitude of muscular contration (ie. speed and strength).
Balance board training can strengthen and stabilize joints, thereby, further preventing joint injury, and excessive wear and tear.