The Value of Blowing Up a Balloon

Suboptimal breathing patterns and impairments of posture and trunk stability are often associated with musculoskeletal complaints such as low back pain. A therapeutic exercise that promotes optimal posture (diaphragm and lumbar spine position), and neuromuscular control of the deep abdominals, diaphragm, and pelvic floor (lumbar-pelvic stabilization) is desirable for utilization with patients who demonstrate suboptimal respiration and posture. This clinical suggestion presents a therapeutic exercise called the 90/90 bridge with ball and balloon. This exercise was designed to optimize breathing and enhance both posture and stability in order to improve function and/or decrease pain.

By Ishmael Orendain (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ishmaelo/225833750/) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

By Ishmael Orendain (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ishmaelo/225833750/) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons