BALB05 Knee and ankle proprioception and balance exercise-wobble board

Function:

To improve the stability at the joints of the leg by increasing neurological feedback between the ankle, knee and hip joints and the control centres of the cerebellum and brain. The aim
of the exercise is to create a relatively unstable environment for the above joints in order to challenge and therefore improve stability and balance.

Method

Starting Position:

This exercise is best performed using a specially designed Wobble Board. Please consult your osteopath if you would like to acquire this equipment.

Stand upright next on to a wall, a table or a stable chair with the affected side closest to this support structure. Place a folded non-feather filled pillow beneath your feet. Be sure to support/stabilise yourself using this support structure.

Action:

Close your eyes and slowly lift the unaffected foot off the board so that you are standing on the affected side on top of the board. Then when ready stop holding onto your support. Stand on the board for a set amount of time and repetitions, to be specified by your osteopath.

Notes:

Begin using support and with eyes open then close your eyes when you are ready.
As your rehabilitation progresses your osteopath may encourage you to try this exercise firstly with your eyes closed, and then also without using the table/wall for support.