One of the keys to managing back pain or neck pain is to actively engage in rehabilitation and exercise. Physical therapy helps place patients on the right track by exercising weak points and regaining strength that may have been lost. An exercise program should be tailored to the individual’s condition and pain level, and include a combination of  stretching, strengthening, and aerobic conditioning.

Learn about the different kinds of exercise balls that can be used during exercise or physical therapy.
Active physical therapy uses movement to improve the strength and flexibility of the neck and surrounding muscles. The exercises and stretches utilized are usually the focus of physical therapy for neck pain.
Each patient’s optimal exercise program depends on the specific diagnosis and level of pain, but every program should include these elements.
As with many types of back exercises, there are some people who are not good candidates for working with an exercise ball.
Exercise programs using exercise balls are designed to help prevent further episodes of low back pain as part of a patient's low back rehabilitation program. This article provides in-depth information on uses, exercises, benefits and drawbacks of therapy with an exercise ball.
An exercise ball can be used in a number of applications with a range of difficulty levels, and the benefits for back pain patients can be felt at each level.

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