Alternative Exercises

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 1-866-249-1627 to ensure that you are in an appropriate place in your journey to recovery to begin exercise.


bridge exercise

Bridging Exercise Videos

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...

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prone on elbows exercise

Prone Leg Extension Exercise Videos

Laser Spine Institute surgeons recommend prone leg extensions to help with lower back pain

People with lower back pain often ask Laser Spine Institute about stretches and strengthening exercises that they can use to help alleviate some of their discomfort. Prone leg extensions are one such exercise that can help improve...

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 trunk rotation Exercise

Trunk Rotation Exercise Video

Laser Spine Institute surgeons recommend trunk rotations to strengthen back muscles

At Laser Spine Institute, we are often asked about spinal exercises that can be used to help alleviate lower back pain. Trunk rotations are one exercise we recommend because it can gently stretch the muscles in the lower back and...

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Advanced Trunk Rotation Exercise Videos

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...

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single knee to chest exercise

Single Knee to Chest Exercise Videos

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....

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Bilateral Knee to Chest Exercise

Spine surgery recovery tips from Laser Spine Institute — the bilateral knee to chest exercise

Following a surgical procedure at Laser Spine Institute, it is important to be as active as possible. This might seem a bit counterintuitive, but gentle movement can actually promote healing. Of course, you’ll need to avoid...

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Cat/Cow Exercise Videos

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...

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Leg Lengthener Exercise

Leg Lengthener Exercise Videos

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,...

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Gator Exercise Videos

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...

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slump glides exercise

Slump Glides Exercise Videos

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...

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