Disclaimer: This exercise must be done only if prescribed by our physical therapist.
The slump glides exercise improves your mobility with the action of sliding and gliding your nerves in your spine and legs. This exercise encourages a flossing-like action of your nerves as they exit your spinal canal.
To do slump glides, start by sitting on the edge of the chair with your hands resting on the chair and your feet flat on the floor.
Slowly start to slouch, rounding your back and dropping your head down. As you lift your head up, extend through your spine and straighten your right leg. As you drop your leg back down, drop your head toward your chest, and curve through your spine. Repeat this exercise using your other leg.
This exercise should be done gently and not quickly, and should not cause any type of pain. We do not want you to slump, drop your head and extend your leg all at the same time.
Repeat the slump glides exercise three to five times with each leg. You should do this exercise one to three 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.