A simple device to provide feedback for ensuring quality and precision in exercise performance and testing. The STABILIZER, designed by physical therapists, is a simple device which registers changing pressure in an air filled pressure cell. This allows body movement, especially spinal movement, to be detected during exercise. The unit consists of a combined gauge and inflation bulb connected to a pressure cell.
The STABILIZER is principally used for exercises that focus on the protection and stabilization of joints. Research has shown these types of exercise are especially important for the prevention and treatment of low back and neck pain (of various pathologies). The exercise techniques involve slow and controlled body movement.
The STABILIZER is used to monitor and provide feedback on this body movement during exercise. This promotes effective exercise to improve back and neck pain. The deep muscle system in the lumbar spine and pelvic region is directly responsible for stabilizing the vertebral segments and sacro-iliac joints. The larger, more superficial muscles are underactive in low back pain and the more superficial muscles are often overactive. In order to retrain the deep muscles, specific exercise and overactive testing with the STABILIZER is needed.