Lumbar Extension Lying

Directions:

» Begin by lying face down with your hands resting at shoulder level.
» Press the top half of your body upwards by pressing down into your hands and straightening your arms.
» Allow your hips and buttocks to sag, relaxed.
» Go as far as possible with each repetition in attempts to achieve end range.

Here are some responses to look out for:

After performing the movement, if your pain increases and remains worse for more than 15 minutes:
» Stop performing this exercise and contact your medical office for advice from the Health Coach.
If you are having symptoms in your buttock, hip, or leg:
» If this exercise improves your buttock, hip, or leg symptoms, but increases your lower back symptoms, keep going! This result is termed centralization and is strongly correlated with an excellent outcome!
» If this exercise begins to produce symptoms into the buttock, hip, or leg, or increase those that are already present, stop performing these exercises and contact your medical office to speak with the Health Coach. This is termed peripheralization.

Lumbar Spine Centralization vs. Peripheralization