The single knee to chest exercise helps with flexibility of your lower back.
To do this exercise, start by lying on your back with both knees bent, feet flat on the bed, the floor or couch.
Gently bring your right knee toward your chest and clasp your hands in front of the knee. This is a gentle stretch and should not be uncomfortable. Hold this stretch three seconds, and then let your hands go and relax the leg down.
Remember to inhale and exhale with every movement.
Repeat this exercise using your left leg.
Repeat this exercise five to 10 times on each side. You should do this exercise one to two times per day.
Remember, no exercise should increase pain.
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.