Living with neck pain can be debilitating. Whether you are working through your recovery postoperatively, or strengthening your spine in general, these tips can assist you in safely stretching, moving and strengthening your cervical spine. Learning to move and breathe comfortably postoperatively is an important step in your recovery journey. We understand that simple actions and activities can be difficult after surgery, which is why we provide these tips for learning to live comfortably as your body heals.
This series includes tips on breathing from the diaphragm; bracing from your abdomen; cervical mobility flex/extension and rotation; and shoulder relaxing. Remember, if you experience pain in any of these positions or while performing these activities, stop immediately and contact our physical therapist consultant at 1-866-362-7574, ext. 253.
Believe it or not, breathing is critical to your recovery. Yes, we all know that breathing keeps us alive, but did you know that poor breathing techniques can actually inhibit your body from making a speedy and healthy recovery? Learning to incorporate diaphragmatic breathing into your daily routine can not...Watch Now »
The abdominal bracing exercise is an important part of recovery from your surgery at Laser Spine Institute. It helps strengthen your lower back and abdominal muscles: the core muscles. You can incorporate this technique into your functional activities at any time, and it will help you become aware of how using your abdominals can support your spine.Watch Now »
The cervical mobility flexion and extension exercise stretches and strengthens your neck. To do this exercise, start by lying on your back with your knees bent and your head supported comfortably on a pillow. Remember, you are always breathing as you move. This is a gentle movement, where you will...Watch Now »
The cervical mobility rotation exercise stretches and strengthens your neck. To do this exercise, begin by lying on your back with your knees bent and your head supported comfortably on a pillow. Start with your neck in the midline or neutral position. Remember, you are breathing, so there should be an...Watch Now »
The shoulder circles and shrugs exercise stretches and strengthens your shoulders and upper back muscles. To do this exercise, start by sitting comfortably in a chair. Begin by bringing your shoulders up toward your ears and then dropping them back down. Then bring your shoulders forward and backward, squeezing the shoulder blade muscles together.Watch Now »
There are three steps to the cervical range of motion exercise. Each step requires that you start by sitting comfortably in a chair. Listen to your body and avoid excessive pain or strain. For the first step, begin by looking over your right shoulder. Gently turn your head through your range of motion.Watch Now »
Through resistance, these cervical isometrics exercises use muscle contraction to strengthen and tone your neck muscles. The resistance is your own body. There are four steps in cervical isometrics. Each step requires that you start by sitting comfortably in a chair. For the first step, using light pressure with your fingertips...Watch Now »
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.