The leg lengthener exercise helps stretch your spine and leg muscles.
To do this exercise, start by lying on your back, one knee straight, toes pointed to the ceiling, and the opposite leg bent, foot flat.
Start by gently lengthening the straight leg through the pelvis and thigh area, stretching it long, and then relax. The movement happens at the waist.
Now bend that leg, make that foot flat, and straighten the opposite leg, making sure the toes are pointed up. Repeat this exercise on the opposite side.
Remember, this exercise should not be painful. Don’t press the straight leg down and remember to breathe as you are moving.
Repeat this exercise five to 10 times on each side. 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.