The CoreCoach technology has been used by physical therapists and fitness trainers for over 25 years to strengthen and stabilize the abdominal core.
How It Works
The CoreCoach consists of an air pillow connected to a pressure gauge. The biofeedback technology is simple. When the air pillow is placed under the lumbar spine the gauge will detect movement in the lumbar region. When the TVA is activated and contracted pressure will be applied to the air pillow and the needle on the gauge will rise. If your core is stable after activating your TVA, it will not move and the needle will be steady. If your core is not stable, then the needle will move indicating that you have room to strengthen your TVA using the CoreCoach exercises.
Studies conclude that pressure biofeedback devices enable focused activation of the transverse abdominis (TVA). Since the TVA is the primary muscle for keeping the body upright, stable and sturdy, use of the CoreCoach has been a tremendous benefit for people seeking a stable core.
Many people with back pain are told to strengthen their core to relieve the pain and discomfort. Most people focus on the rectus abdominis (6-pack) and obliques because they are well-known, visible, exterior muscles that make you look great. The TVA is often neglected but it is a huge interior muscle. The TVA wraps around your body from one side of the spine to the other and extends from your public bone to your sternum--it's huge.
It turns out that many people, athletes and non-athletes alike, do not fully activate their TVA--they just don't have good control of the muscle. The result is often a weak TVA and compensation by other muscles. This can lead to back spasms, misalignment and other more serious issues. Activating and strengthening the TVA may help correct these issues and will relieve the pressure on your spine. Less pressure on your spine can help relieve disc degeneration (spondylosis) and related issues.
So the conclusion is...strengthen and stabilize your TVA to get back pain relief or simply perform better.