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 be comfortable.
Inhale and relax. As you exhale, tighten your abdominal muscles and round the spine as the navel comes toward it. Arch your back and drop your head. Inhale and bring your head up, drop your upper back and return to the neutral, or middle, position.
Repeat this exercise five to 10 times. You should do this exercise 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.