Lumbar Extension Standing

Directions:

» Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart for a solid base of support.
» Place your buttocks against a counter or table, which will act as a fulcrum.
» Place both hands on the table.
» Lean back as far as possible using the table or counter as a fulcrum.
» Move further into the movement with each repetition.

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