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 core, which helps increase flexibility and relieve painful pressure in the lower back. No special equipment is required for this exercise, and each rotation takes just a few moments. As a result, these stretches are a simple addition to your stretching and strengthening program, provided that your Laser Spine Institute Physical Therapist or personal physician gives you the green light before you start.
When performing this exercise for the first time, you’ll want to pay special attention to any signals your body sends you. If you feel any sharp or unusual pain — or if your existing back pain feels worse — you should stop and move on to a different exercise until you can speak to your physician or physical therapist. However, most people are able to safely perform trunk rotations without any discomfort.
To perform a trunk rotation, begin by lying down on your back. You can lie on a bed, a couch or the floor — whatever feels most comfortable. From there, move through the following steps:
Repeat this five to 10 times on each side, once or twice per day. With time, you’ll find your core muscles becoming stronger, your back muscles becoming more flexible and your range of motion starting to increase. You may wish to combine these trunk rotations with one or more other exercises recommended by your Laser Spine Institute physical therapist or physician.
To learn more about exercises you can use to stretch and strengthen your back and core muscles, contact Laser Spine Institute.
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.