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 and your palms down.
Breathe in. When you exhale, tighten up from your abdominal and hip muscles and slowly lift your pelvis, one vertebra at a time, until you come as high as you can, comfortably. Then lower your body by dropping down one vertebra at a time. Make sure that your knees stay hip width.
This is a slow movement. It should be done gently and without pain.
This exercise should be done five to 10 times, two to three 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.