What is this B.O.I.N.G. I spoke of?
It stands for Body Oscillation Integrates Neuromuscular Gain. It’s not a particularly well known device in my experience, but the concept is this. It’s weighted and because it’s long, it stimulates those little muscles in your arms (whether affected or not) to work harder to control it. Because the longer the object you’re holding, the more torque it requires, this funny toy-looking tool is much more complex than it looks.
First of all, it comes with a warning that you should never use it as a weapon — however, in my experience, especially at first with the neurological “shake” that ensues with such challenging fare, you’ll want to stand far from other objects and people.
I’m only familiar with a couple movements, myself. Then there are variations, of course, but the key movements I’ve tried have been:
- waving. Standing still, with your arm straight out in front of you, hold the B.O.I.N.G. by the base and wave it, slowly, 180°, and back again. Do this twenty-five times or so, trying your best to keep the movement precise — the slower you are the better. And you can eventually flip it the other way (so if you were waving it ball up, then do it in reverse with the ball down).
- shaking. This one for me is still kind of disastrous. Holding the B.O.I.N.G. at the base, arm extended out, hold it still, but without any gross movements, shake it so the ball oscillates (i.e., vibrates), and only the ball. The B.O.I.N.G. is constructed in a way such that it will bend and sway much like a tree, so if you are successful, only the top bit will shake and it will appear your arm/hand are still. When I try this with my affected hand, it tends to bounce violently back and forth, so you can expect that to happen at first. Then (and I am not there yet) once you have perfected that, turn it upside-down (pictured).
If you’re initially confused, try everything with your non-affected side first so you know what to do. As a general rule, I usually try all movements first with my good side before I attempt the affected one. It helps tell your brain what it’s going to be trying to do with the side it’s reprogramming.
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To our healing,
To our healing,