Exercises for lumbar stabilization

A lumbar stabilization exercise is a type of physical therapy where the lumbar spine is strengthened and stretched from a neutral position that does not cause you pain. Lower back pain is something that nearly everyone will deal with at some point in their life, although the vast majority of back pain takes care of itself in a few days.

For those who experience persistent lower back pain, lumbar stabilization exercise techniques may be used to ensure correct spinal alignment and alleviate stress on the lower back by strengthening the back and core muscles. To learn more about the advantages of this exercise, examples of techniques you can perform and surgical treatments to provide you with relief, read the following article.

Benefits of lumbar stabilization exercises

It may seem counterintuitive, but for many patients experiencing lower back pain, one of the best treatments is low-impact exercise. By strengthening the muscles that support the lower back, the patient may be able to reduce the stress placed on the spine and reduce the chance of re-injury in the future. The goal of a lumbar stabilization exercise is to stabilize the lower back and then strengthen these muscles with flexion and extension of various joints.

Lumbar stabilization usually begins with finding the neutral spine position, or the position where the cervical (neck), thoracic (middle back) and lumbar spine (lower back) are in good alignment. An individual can typically achieve this position by lying on his or her back with the knees bent and the spine completely relaxed. Once the neutral spine position is found and maintained, a physical therapist will lead a variety of exercises designed to target the individual’s symptoms.

Surgical alternatives to lumbar stabilization exercises

In the event that lumbar stabilization exercises like exercise ball techniques, stomach tone and buttock tone do not provide the pain relief required, contact Laser Spine Institute to learn about our minimally invasive procedures that can help you alleviate the symptoms in your lumbar spine. Our procedures are performed on an outpatient basis and offer a safer and effective alternative to traditional open spine surgery.^

At Laser Spine Institute, we have helped more than 75,000 patients find lasting relief from their chronic neck or back pain, setting us apart as the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery. To learn more about how our minimally invasive stabilization procedures can help relieve your lumbar pain and discomfort, reach out to our team today. Through a free MRI review,* we can determine if you are a potential candidate for our procedures and guide you on your journey to wellness.