rock-it boards for Therapy and Rehabilitation
rock-it boards can be a therapeutic and developmental tool, used in a variety of therapeutic contexts
- By physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors, occupational therapists etc.
- To promote mobilisation of joints
- To help relieve back pain
- To assist in regaining movement,strength and tone after surgery, including after knee and hip replacement
- For mothers after childbirth, strengthening pelvic floor muscles
- To support vestibular and balance issues...and more
To be used under recommendation and guidance of your medical or therapeutic practitioner
Therapeutic Benefits of rock-it boards boards for kids
We have used a rocking board for both our children for a few years. It was recommended by an Occupational therapist to help with the following below and we use the board most days in some form or another. Apart from just being an open ended fun play item the rockitboards will have the following added hidden benefits for children (especially those with sensory or special needs) From a parent
Helps Improve Mental Focus
To balance properly, you must learn how to keep your center of gravity aligned over your base of support. Challenging your balance forces the left and right halves of your brain to communicate more, thus improving sensory integration and coordination. If you then move an arm or leg across the mid-line of your body while on the rocking board, you further challenge this neuromuscular communication. By doing slow, controlled balance exercises on boards, you will increase your self-awareness and help train the brain to focus on one thing at a time.
Helps Improve Functional Strength
These kind of boards help develop muscle tone and functional strength. Functional exercise helps your muscles work better in everyday activities. Things like sitting on the mat during classtime , sitting and focusing in your chair at school etc . No individual muscle functions alone, so exercises should include a variety of movement patterns for the best results. Functional exercises done on a rockitboard challenge multiple muscles and joints to stabilize and adjust themselves. Because your core muscles contract whenever you are in an awkward or unstable position, just standing on a rockit board will develop core strength and improve lower body strength. You may need to supervise this at first with your children that have coordination or low muscle tone.
Helps Improve Proprioception and Balance
Proprioception is your ability to sense your environment and adjust the positions of your body accordingly. It is what allows you to hit a tennis ball, hold a weight or stand on one foot, for example. Kids with special needs such as ADHD , Autism and more tend to need help developing and strengthening their balance and proprioception. This board allows them to work on this without realizing !!
From an Occupational therapist
82 yr old Sees Fitness Improved
I purchased a Rock-It board nearly two months ago, I have worked out
nearly every day the improvement in my fitness is amazing. I will be 82
next week and have suffered with back pain for years, cannot walk far.
The rock-It is just what I needed wish I had seen one of these years
ago. I started off with just 5 minutes now I am up to just over 20 min I
am thrilled. Thanks so much.
- Lea Kelly (82 yrs). Havelock North