Oov: Activate Your Deep Stabilizing Muscles Without a PT Degree!
Ah those pesky PTs! Are you activating your transversus abdominis (TrA or TVA) muscle? What? I don’t know!? Hopefully, your PT has explained what your transversus abdominis is. If not, check out our blog about it by clicking on the link below
Maybe you have even been to a clinic with rehabilitative ultrasound, like Physical Therapy Specialists, and been able to see your muscles contract and relax with real time ultrasound. But then you go home, perhaps you forget to do your exercises for a day or two. You lie down, look at your handout and draw a blank. What did she say about bringing my pelvic bones together? What do I do again?
The good news is that you are not alone! Even better, there is a wonderful device that can help you to activate your deep abdominals (TrA) and other stabilizing muscles without the ultrasound machine and without you having to do mental gymnastics. It’s called the Oov.
The Oov sort of looks like a pear. It’s made of dense foam that supports the length of your spine while causing you to activate your deep stabilizing muscles due to being on a slightly unstable surface. I’m skeptical by nature, but I can tell you that the Oov works! We had the pleasure of having Betsy Walker, Master Pilates Instructor and Therapeutic Movement Specialist, guide us through a class over lunch and I was amazed at how much better I felt afterwards. My spine experienced compression during my twin pregnancy and the Oov helped me to lengthen my spine and activate muscles which had been dormant from being stretched through pregnancy and delivery.
In this video, Betsy discusses the benefits of the Oov and demonstrates some simple movements you can do with it.
Are you interested in learning more? Please join us for an Oov class taught by Betsy Walker at Physical Therapy Specialists, Tuesdays 12:30 pm-1:30 pm
Mara Towne PT, DPT