What is Spiral Stabilization (SPS)?
A PirpaVita Article, published November 3, 2022
Keywords: Body Control, Fysiotherapy, Imbalanced body, Movement patterns, Muscle Balance, Muscle Chains, Richard Smišek, Spiral stabilization, SPS, Tiina Arrankoski.

Spiral Stabilization (SPS) is a unique method combining therapy, body control and exercising. It is developed over the years since 1979 by Richard Smišek, a Czech physician specializing in musculoskeletal problems.

The method is based on training muscle chains, improving posture and strengthening the core support of the body. Its main goals include restoring muscle balance and optimally using the body both in everyday exercise and in various sports performances.

The Spiral Stabilization method is based on knowledge of the functioning of the anatomical connections formed by different muscle chains. ” (Source: Askel Education)

More than five years ago, green exercising bands began to appear at my workplace. Soon, a carefully selected group of Finnish physiotherapists travelled to the Czech Republic to hear more about the story behind these bands. Tiina Arrankoski wanted the best Finnish experts to get excited about the method. Soon there were basic courses running in the studio and in January 2017 I attended one of them. Based on the course, the method aroused interest, but not yet a lot of enthusiasm.

I have been fortunate to have been able to participate well over a hundred hours in the teachings of Doctor Smisek himself. Immediately after the first days of his teaching, I realized how the theoretic background of the method explained my already existing working philosophy. The biomechanics of walking was my passion and spiral stabilization was created to rehabilitate walking.

By Smisek’s ideology there is some function in a person’s life that has caused or that maintains an imbalance in the body, was also familiar thought to me. When correcting movement with exercises, we must also eliminate harmful movement patterns. Sometimes, when starting training, it is better to put the unbalanced activity on hold altogether. For this reason, for example, training break caused by an injury is an opportune time to start spiral stabilization training and restoring body movement patterns to a natural way.

Smisek tends to sit down for a drink at the bar counter of his clinic after the course days. In these moments, I have had a unique opportunity to exchange ideas and hear his own instructions on how to apply the method to sports and tennis. Smisek exuded an enthusiasm to share ideas and make the method known in sports.

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