The two physical therapists show some exercises for lumbar stabilization. These exercises are all dynamic. They start with the patient lying on their back with the knees raised and feet flat on the floor. Throughout all the exercises, the patient keeps their lower back flat with the floor, not arched up. They start with the arms, and then moving the opposite arm and raising it up to the opposite leg. Then they do leg raises. They then do bridges, where the buttocks are raised into the air, and then they demonstrate harder variations of bridges, like raised leg bridges. The last exercise is the dead bug exercise, where the arms and legs are moving back and forth like a bug on its back.
- Lumbar stabilization exercises are good for back pain, even post recovery from surgery.
- Doing exercises is convenient because you can do it while kneeling, standing, in several positions, even while driving a car. (!)
- Exercises rely on tightening your abdominal muscles often, and also ensure you are tilting your pelvis correctly. Motions involved are often alternating repetitions, with sustained engagement of your core
“These Back Stabilization Exercises are good for both Back Pain and Core strength.”