What is Exercise Ball (Swiss Ball)?

Category: Exercises


An exercise ball, often referred to as a Swiss Ball, is a ball constructed of elastic soft PVC with a diameter of approximately 35 to 85 centimeters (14 to 34 inches). It is most often used in physical therapy and exercise. The abdominal and back muscles are usually the focus of the exercises.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
General health 8 1
Balance problems 7 1
Improve mobility 3 2
Fibromyalgia 2 0
Increase effect of another treatment 2 1

Show all 14 reasons taken

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 0
Moderate 1
Mild 4
None 6

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Exercise Ball (Swiss Ball)

Side effect Patients Percentage
Post exertional fatigue or malaise 1


Based on patients currently doing Exercise Ball (Swiss Ball)

Dosage Patients Percentage
10 min weekly 1
10 min daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Exercise Ball (Swiss Ball)

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Other 5
Did not seem to work 3
I didn't have enough time 1
See all 7 patients who've stopped doing Exercise Ball (Swiss Ball)


Currently doing Exercise Ball (Swiss Ball)

Duration Patients Percentage
5 - 10 years 1
10 years or more 1

Stopped doing Exercise Ball (Swiss Ball)

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 3
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 2
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 2
Usually 6
Sometimes 3
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 5
A little hard to take 2
Not at all hard to take 3
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 3
Not specified 8
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1 patient evaluation for Exercise Ball (Swiss Ball)

Feb 26, 2009 (Started Dec 25, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Other)
  • Side effects
  • Adherence
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2 hr Daily
Advice & Tips: I use it as a desk chair when I'm at the computer. It makes your body's core muscles work harder so that you don't slouch or fall into bad postures. But of late after a major review of my exercise program which required me to do more stretching I found that many stretches were hard to complete and I wasn't getting a quality stretch. So I started using the ball as a supplement to get me "into position. Not only am I stretching myself better than ever before -- and with greater ease and comfort -- but a session on the ball functions as an analgesic as I can feel the taught tissues becoming less stiff as I drag them through what are superb stretches. My core control is also returning in a way I had only achieved when I was mastering Ta Chi Chuan. And the ball is so much fun. Once you learn the basics it is enjoyable to explore what many positions the ball can offer you. So there's this creative thrill.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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