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Choosing Your Balance or Wobble Boards, Rocker Board or Wobble Cushion

 
 
 

There are many variations of balance or wobble boards on the market today and it is essential that you purchase the right one for your specific needs. To help you Physiosupplies.com have put together this comprehensive guide containing all of the information and advice that you will need to make the right choice. Here you can learn the differences between the types of boards available, get an insight into the various levels of user difficulty and discover why some wobble or balance boards are more expensive than others.

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Balance/Wobble Boards
Balance/Wobble Cushions
Rocker Boards
Cool Boards
Balance Domes/BOSU

Wobble/Balance Boards

Wobble/Balance Boards are all available with various degrees of tilt angle. They have a dome-shaped base which enables you tip and tilt the board 360 degrees. Use of a wobble/balance board can help to retrain your sense of balance after injury preventing further injury and ensuring a speedy return to sport.BP-A80203P8-INFO

Wobble/ balance boards form a useful adjunct to posture improvement, as well as abdominal and trunk strengthening and increasing tone in the quadriceps, hamstrings and calf muscles. Anyone who suffers with arthritic joints or who has undergone knee surgery (including cartilage and ligament operations) would benefit from using these boards to facilitate proprioceptive re-education. Many other exercises can also be carried out using balance boards including press-ups which help with shoulder stabilisation and strengthening.

What makes a wobble/balance board easier or harder to use?

There are three main factors that can affect how difficult a board is to use, the first being the size of the surface area that the underside of the board has when in contact with the ground. Ultimately, the larger the surface area of the ‘dome’ (that is in contact with the floor) of a wobble board when placed on the ground – the easier it is to use. This is because it has a flatter area and will not ‘wobble’ quite so much.

Another factor is the tilt angle. The tilt angle is the greatest angle that the board creates when the user steps onto the board and tips the board so that the edge touches the ground. The bigger the tilt angle the more difficult it is to use, however the level of difficulty is still ultimately determined by the surface area as outlined above. Remember – just because there is a large tilt angle doesn’t necessarily mean that it is very difficult to use!

Finally, the third factor can be the size of the wobble/balance board. To a certain extent this is purely down to preference – people with big feet don’t want to be standing on a small board!

Which Wobble/Balance Board do I choose?

Studies show that for every age group and fitness level, balance training helps prevent falls and injuries.  Wobble Boards are excellent for improving balance, co-ordination and confidence. There are various types of boards on the market and they are available in different sizes with varying levels of difficulties.

PVC (Plastic) Wobble/Balance Boards

These boards tend to be cheaper than wooden ones. They are more lightweight (a consideration for some people if they need to move the board around) and they usually tend to be easier to use as the majority of plastic wobble/balance boards on the market have larger surface areas. These type wobble boards are normally recommended for children or people who are at the very early stages of rehabilitation.

 

Advantages

  • Cheaper Price
  • Recommended for early stages of rehabilitation
  • Great for children
  • Lightweight (Approx 1.5kg)

Disadvantages

  • Tend to be only 33cm – 40cm in size
  • Some have a slight flimsiness to edges
  • Most have a limited user weight limit
  • Not as strong or long lasting as wooden wobble boards
  • Tend not to be suitable for intermediate to advanced users

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Wooden Balance and Wobble Boards

Wooden boards tend to be slightly more expensive than their plastic or PVC counterparts. They are more robust, stronger and, if well looked after, will last a lifetime. You will find these wooden versions in most physiotherapy departments as they have larger surface areas (normally between 40cm – 50cm) and can withstand heavier user weights. Easy to clean, most have either a PVC or cork surface.

Advantages

  • Extremely robust
  • Recommended for intermediate to advanced users
  • Used in most types of therapy clinics
  • Long lasting

Disadvantages

  • Tend to be slightly more expensive
  • Quite heavy (4kg)

Find bestselling wooden wobble boards on Amazon.co.uk – Wooden Wobble Boards

Rocker Boards

The main difference between Rocker Boards and Wobble/Balance Boards is that Rocker Boards only rock either forwards and backwards, or side to side, depending on how you position the board. Wobble/Balance Boards, on the other hand, are available with various degrees of tilt angle on a domed base and rock in all directions. As such Wobble/Balance Boards can help retrain your sense of balance after injury, preventing further injury and ensuring a speedy return to sport. Rocker Boards form a useful adjunct to posture improvement, as well as abdominal and trunk strengthening and increasing tone in the quadriceps, hamstrings and calf muscles. Anyone who suffers with arthritic joints or who has undergone knee surgery (including cartilage and ligament operations) would benefit from using these boards to facilitate proprioceptive re-education. Many other exercises can also be carried out using wobble/balance boards including press-ups which help with shoulder stabilisation and strengthening.

These boards tend made from wood composite, and are widely used in physiotherapy departments. They only rock from side to side or forwards and backwards. Most surface areas measure around 50cm in size.

Advantages

  • Easier to use
  • Recommended of very early stages of rehabilitation
  • Suitable for all ages
  • Very strong and will last years

Disadvantages

  • Not as diverse as wobble boards
  • Limited range of movement

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Balance Cushions

Wobble or balance cushions are widely used by therapists as they boast a number of different uses. In addition to being used for standing/balance exercises (similar to wobble boards) they are also widely used as chair seat cushions whereby the user gains benefit from ‘active sitting’. Sitting on a wobble cushion is similar to sitting on a gym ball – where the user continually makes small adjustments to their posture which in turn triggers the core muscles and increases the strengthen in the lower back. It also enhances a better sitting posture.

Wobble Cushions

Balance or Wobble cushions are multifunctional cushions, approximately 35cm in diameter and are inflated using a pump. The user can adjust the amount of air in the cushion to either increase or decrease the firmness. Widely used in Pilates and Yoga. Made from PVC.

Advantages

  • Multifunctional – Balance training and Core/Posture Sitting Cushion
  • Great for using as a posture sitting cushion
  • Recommended for beginner to advanced users
  • Inflatable – User can adjust the amount of air required

Disadvantages

  • For standing balance exercises mainly aimed at beginner to intermediate users
  • Not as challenging as wobble boards

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Balance Trainers – Advanced

Coolboards, Indo Boards and Revolution Advanced Balance Boards

These types of Coolboards, Revolution Boards and Indo Boards  are advanced boards that were originally designed for the surfing, skateboard, skiing and snowboarding markets. Some have a track on the underside where you can traverse along the length of it whilst trying to maintain your balance, while other boards are designed to be placed on top of a small ball. They can be extremely challenging but also great fun to use. Mainly used by athletes and sports people wanting to improve their overall balance skills.

 

Advanced Balance Training Boards

These boards tend to be the most expensive. Designed for people who seriously want to improve their balance skills they are widely used amongst skate and snow boarders, skiers, surfers and anyone who wants to hone their balance skills. They are great fun to use, but can be extremely challenging. They are very robust and will last a long time if well looked after. They tend to be made of wood.

Advantages

  • Robust
  • Recommended for beginner to advanced users
  • Great fun to use and can be extremely challenging
  • Wide range of exercises can be carried out

Disadvantages

  • Quite expensive

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Balance Dome and BOSU’s

A Balance Dome or BOSU are a combination of a wobble board and a gym ball. The large flat surface area has two functions. When the large flat area is placed on the ground, it becomes a stable base so that that user can exercise on the inflatable dome shaped side allowing them to carry out a wide range of exercises from sit-ups to athletic training drills.

When the Balance Dome or BOSU is flipped over, it then becomes an unstable platform which the user can balance on to carry out a different range of exercises.

Essentially these products are a gym ball, wobble board and wobble cushion all rolled into one, providing you with an infinite amount of exercise potential.

Balance domes and BOSU’s are a popular piece of sports equipment and are widely used in gyms and fitness clubs.

Advantages

  • Robust
  • Recommended for beginner to advanced users
  • Great fun to use and can be extremely challenging
  • Can be used both sides up

Disadvantages

  • Quite expensive

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