Lumbar Exercises

Regardless of the area of your surgery, learning to perform simple actions and activities can be difficult postoperatively. This series has been compiled to help you through two of the recovery stages after your surgery. Before beginning any type of postoperative exercise regimen or routine, it is important to know the limits of your recovery. We recommend that you refrain from performing these activities until recommended to begin by our postoperative medical care team. Done in two levels, the first portion of this series focuses on simple actions such as diaphragmatic breathing, abdominal bracing and shoulder presses.

The second portion of this series is a bit more involved. It comprises postoperative exercises and stretches that can assist in rebuilding muscle and flexibility postoperatively. Remember, if you are experience pain while performing these activities, stop and consult our Physical Therapist Consultant at 1-866-226-5023 before continuing your exercise routine.

Level 1

Diaphragmatic Breathing

Breathing correctly is essential to your recovery. It teaches you how to slow down, and it helps you become more aware of decreasing tension as you move. You might realize that you’ve been holding your breath as you move, which makes whatever movement you’re doing more difficult. We want you...

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Abdominal Bracing

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.

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Shoulder Press

The shoulder press exercise strengthens the muscles that support your neck and upper back. By doing the shoulder press, you can help reduce pain, engage important postural muscles and improve your awareness of keeping your chest lifted when you sit or stand. To do the shoulder press, start by lying on your back with your knees bent. To do the shoulder press, start by lying...

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Gluteal Sets

The gluteal sets exercise can help strengthen your lower back and build muscles to help support your spine. To do gluteal sets, start by lying on your back with your knees bent, feet flat about hip width apart. Tighten your buttock muscles by squeezing them. Hold three seconds and then relax.

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Level 2

Hook-lying Alt Arms

The hook-lying alternate arms exercise builds essential muscle to help strengthen your entire back, as well as your abdominals. To do this exercise, start by lying on your back with your feet flat on your bed, floor or couch. Your knees should be bent and about hip-width apart...

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Hook-lying Alt Legs

The hook-lying alternate legs exercise builds essential muscles to help strengthen your lower back and abdominal muscles. To do this exercise, start by lying on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat and hip width apart. Contract your abdominal muscles; bring the belly button down to the...

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Hook-lying Combo

The hook-lying combination exercise is an important part of you postoperative recovery. Building muscle strength is instrumental in getting back to completing the daily activities that you love. To do this exercise, begin on your back with your knees bent and separated about shoulder width apart.

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The bridging exercise is an important part of your recovery at Laser Spine Institute. This exercise will assist in adding strength and flexibility to the lumbar region of your spine. Begin this exercise by lying on your back, with your knees bent and hip width apart.

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Supine Sciatic/Tibial Glides

The supine sciatic and tibial glides exercises stretch your hamstrings and your ankles. They also assist in improving the sliding and gliding action of your nerves and muscle tissues when you move throughout the day. To do the supine sciatic and tibial glide exercises, start by lying on your back...

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