How to Keep a Healthy Back: Bridge Exercise Video

Back Pain Prevention

Purpose
The bridge strengthens your low back and hip muscles, helping stabilize your spine.

Instructions

  • Start on your back with your arms by your side.  Your knees should be bent, and your feet should be flat on the floor.
  • Slowly raise your hips off the floor, contracting your glutes (your buttocks) and your hamstrings as you go.
  • Hold 3-5 seconds.
  • Repeat 10 times.

Disclaimer
This exercise may not be appropriate for all types of pain.  If you experience increased pain while doing this exercise, stop immediately and call your spine specialist.  Always contact your spine specialist if you have any questions regarding your back or neck pain or about the suitability of this specific exercise.

Updated on: 06/11/14
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