StrongPosture® cueing tip:
Once a basic motion is trained, focus on where they are focusing.
When testing CPEPs, many doctors are surprised at how difficult it can be to do an exercise while controlling where the person is looking while doing focused motion StrongPosture® exercises.
Our answer and observation:
The more effort the motion requires, the more important to stress where a person is looking (aka a strong visual lock).
One reason: the vestibulo-ocular reflex (VOR) connects the vestibular system and eye motor control to stabilize visual images on the retina, and is essential for maintaining vision during movements of the body.
“Both the amplitude and the timing of the eye movements driven by the VOR can be adaptively modified by cerebellum-dependent learning, and thus the VOR serves as a model system for studying the neural mechanisms controlling movement amplitude and timing more generally.1”
In other words, training where you look can be a powerful factor in retraining movement.
The challenge of controlling visual lock can be especially difficult for people with chronic back pain when using a ball in the Motion track, possibly explaining why “ball exercises improve functional balance and core control better than than identical exercises, with corresponding task-specific improvement.2″ And the observation that many older people improve dramatically with ball exercises fits with Prado’s findings:
“Balance and posture depend on visual information. However, despite the overall increase in postural sway with aging, subtle integration of visual information by the postural control system is not affected by aging.3“
Strengthening posture requires training a strong visual lock
1: RAYMOND JL: Instructive Signals for Motor Learning. NIH RePORTER; 2010 09 01;():
2: Karthikbabu and others, “Comparison of Physio Ball and Plinth Trunk Exercises Regimens on Trunk Control and Functional Balance in Patients with Acute Stroke: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial.”
3: Prado, Stoffregen and Duarte, “Postural Sway During Dual Tasks in Young and Elderly Adults.”