During your recovery period, it is important that you build stabilizing muscles around your spine to promote good spine health and strength. Your core muscles are designed to help take some of the body’s weight off the spine and add additional support and strength to prevent developing degenerative spine conditions. After surgery, one of your top priorities should be to rebuild your core muscles so you can heal properly and help prevent any future spine damage.
A great exercise for postoperative recovery is the hook-lying combination. To do this exercise, begin on your back with your knees bent and separated about shoulder width apart. This will take a bit of coordination, so be sure to begin slowly as you adjust back into daily exercise.
Squeezing your stomach muscles, lift both your right arm and your left leg. Only lift as far as feels comfortable to you. We recommend starting with about 3 to 5 inches off the ground. Hold for a moment, and release to the ground. Repeat with the other arm and leg.
This exercise builds your core muscles as well as adds flexibility and mobility to a recovering lower back.
Remember, if you feel additional pain while performing any of these actions, stop immediately and call our Physical Therapist Consultant at 1-866-362-7574, ext. 253. for further direction. A little soreness is to be expected when you first begin exercising after surgery, but listen to your body to avoid overexercising and muscle strain.
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.