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 look toward your left. This is a small, gentle motion. Come back to the center. Remember to always breathe. Inhale, then exhale and roll your legs to the opposite direction, turn your head, then come back to the center.
It is important that you are not pushing the motion, as this is not about rolling the whole leg; that is too much. Always keep a small, gentle motion.
This exercise should be done five to 10 times on each side, one to two times per day.
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.