Back Pain Exercise Video: Curl-up (Crunch)

Purpose
Curl-ups, also known as crunches, will strengthen your abdominal muscles and stabilize your core.

Recommended exercise for the following spinal condition(s)
Lumbar Spondylosis
Spondylolisthesis
Sciatica (caused by Spondylolisthesis)

Instructions

  • Start on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor.
  • Cross your arms over your chest and slowly raise your head, neck, and upper back as you exhale and squeeze your abdominal muscles.
  • Inhale as you slowly lower yourself to the floor.
  • Repeat 10 times and work up to 3 sets.

To increase the effectiveness of the curl-up:

  • Put your hands behind your neck with your elbows wide.
  • Do the curl-up as described before. 

Disclaimer
Only do the exercise shown in this video if a qualified spine specialist has recommended it.  Only do the exercise within the limits that your spine specialist has advised.  Do not do the exercise without your spine specialist's approval; it could lead to serious injury.  Always contact your spine specialist if you have any questions regarding your back or neck condition or about the suitability of this specific exercise.

Updated on: 06/13/14
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