Additional activities for your spine.
Exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Here we have compiled a video series that highlights some exercises that will help you to strengthen your spine. Without the proper postoperative routine, you will not reach the desired level of recovery. By slowly easing into exercising, you will be able to add strength and flexibility to your spine. This can improve your overall health and wellness both preoperatively and postoperatively.
Whether you are recovering from surgery or simply looking to keep your spine healthy, these videos will act as a guide to safely building muscle. Remember, before beginning any exercise regimen, talk to your physician or call our physical therapist consultant at 1-866-362-7574, ext. 253 to ensure that you are in an appropriate place in your journey to recovery to begin exercise.
The bridging exercise helps stabilize your spine and strengthens your lower back and hip muscles. To do a bridge, start by lying on your back with your feet flat on your bed or the floor and your knees bent. Your knees should be hip width apart with your hands at your sides...Watch Now »
The advanced trunk rotation exercise stretches your lower back muscles. To do this exercise, start by lying on your back with your knees bent. Your feet can be close or slightly apart; place your arms out at your sides about 90 degrees. Gently roll your legs to the right as you...Watch Now »
The single knee to chest exercise helps with flexibility of your lower back. To do this exercise, start by lying on your back with both knees bent, feet flat on the bed, the floor or couch. Gently bring your right knee toward your chest and clasp your hands in front of the knee....Watch Now »
The cat-cow exercise lengthens your spine and strengthens your entire back. To do this exercise, start on all fours. Your hips should be over your knees, your shoulders over your wrists. For some of you, it will feel easier to have your wrists forward just a little bit. We want this position to...Watch Now »
The leg lengthener exercise helps stretch your spine and leg muscles. To do this exercise, start by lying on your back, one knee straight, toes pointed to the ceiling, and the opposite leg bent, foot flat. Start by gently lengthening the straight leg through the pelvis and thigh area, stretching it long,...Watch Now »
The gator exercise is an important part of recovery from your surgery at Laser Spine Institute. It strengthens your entire back, helping to stabilize your spine. This is also a flexibility exercise for your thoracic spine and shoulders. To do the gator exercise, start by lying on your right side with...Watch Now »
Disclaimer: This exercise must be done only if prescribed by our physical therapist. The slump glides exercise improves your mobility with the action of sliding and gliding your nerves in your spine and legs. This exercise encourages a flossing-like action of your nerves as they exit your spinal canal. To do slump...Watch Now »
Alternative exercises should only be performed if recommended by your physical therapist or physician.
The Laser Spine Institute Exercise Video Series, including all functional activities, post-surgical exercises and descriptions were designed specifically for Laser Spine Institute patients only. If you have not been prescribed these exercises, you should contact your physician before starting this or any exercise program. Exercise is not without its risks, and this or any other exercise program may result in injury. Risks include, but are not limited to: risk of injury, aggravation of a pre-existing condition, or adverse effect of over-exertion such as muscle strain, abnormal blood pressure, fainting and disorders of heart beat. As with any exercise program, if at any point during your workout you begin to feel faint, dizzy, or have physical discomfort, you should stop immediately and consult your surgeon's liaison or physician.