Back Pain Exercise Video: Knee Lifts (Marching)

Purpose
The knee lift stretch, which is also known as marching, is used to stabilize the spine and strengthen your abdominal muscles.

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

 
Instructions
  • While on your back, bend your knees and keep your feet flat on the floor.
  • Start with a pelvic tilt, contracting your abdominal muscles and pushing your low back (lumbar spine) to the floor.
  • Raise one knee: your foot should be 3-4 inches off the floor.
  • Bring your foot back to the floor, then switch to the opposite leg.
  • Repeat 5 times on each side, working up to 3 sets.
Cautions
Be careful not to arch your low back while doing the knee lift stretch. If you maintain pelvic tilt—keeping your abdominal muscles pulled in—you should be able to avoid arching your back.
 
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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