Spiral stabilization of the spine by Soňa Neubauerova
Treatment and prevention of back pain
Throughout evolution, we have developed a muscle corset that helps us during regular daily activities. The main physical activities that had an impact on the formation of the musculoskeletal system were walking, running and extensive arm movements in the upright position. Unfortunately, in past years the way of life has changed and affected the posture. We lose an appropriate amount of natural movement and replace it with static sitting positions.
Let's talk about anatomy a bit. We have two big muscle groups in our bodies that work in the muscle’s chains. There is a vertical muscle chain that stabilizes the resting position and a spiral muscle chain that switches on when we do any sort of movement.
So, where the back pain is coming from then? The answer is that we start overusing the vertical muscles chain that increases tension in back muscles and causes acute or chronic back pain. The spiral stabilization exercise gives you the opportunity to retrain your brain and activate the spiral muscles chain. The chain develops upward strength and takes the pressure off the intervertebral discs and joints, therefore allowing for their nutrition, regeneration, and treatment.
The method has been developed by Richard Smisek, M.D, who has spent over 30+ years of clinical experience with this exercise. The focus is on patients with spine-related pain in the lower back, chest and neck regions and patients with acute disc prolapses and scoliosis. This method plays a great role in the prevention and treatment of hips, knees, shoulders, and feet disorders. It is also used by many professional athletes for conditioning to improve their performance.
The exercise is performed by using an elastic rope which is used as the extension of muscles fibres activating the spiral. Exercising with the rope allows for strengthening and stretching during natural relaxation.
The exercise is now well-known in Europe, the U.S and South Korea and spreading through other countries quickly. It is for all age groups, as it has many variations that can be implemented to accommodate everybody's needs.
"Soña has extensively used SpS to treat her clients and also taught other health professionals for 5 years when she was in the Czech Republic. She also organised workshops for the public. Sona personally worked with Dr Smisek in his clinic in Prague and based on her years of experience and with the full support from Dr Smisek, she opened her own clinic in Brno. She then became one of his major therapists in the Czech Republic."