Abdominal bracing is an important part of your recovery from surgery at Laser Spine Institute. Strengthening your lower back, as well as your core, this low-impact exercise uses muscle and involves little strain—making it a perfect postsurgical exercise.
You can incorporate this technique into your other activities. This exercise will make you more aware of your breathing and strength, as well as increase support for your spine as you perform daily tasks postoperatively.
Lying on your back, bend your knees and contract your stomach muscles. This creates tension in the abdomen, strengthening the core muscles of the spine.
We recommend performing diaphragmatic breathing during this exercise.
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.