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Physiotherapy Department
Ipswich Hospital
Tel: 01473 703 312

 

Lumbar spine flexion exercises

The physiotherapist will tell you how many exercises to do and how many times to do them in a day.

Lying on your back

Image demonstrating exercise 1

Keep your back straight with your head supported on a pillow. Gently pull alternate knees to your chest.
Repeat ……… times.

 

Sitting in a chair

Image demonstrating exercise 2

Run your hands down the front of your legs towards your ankles, then return to the upright position.
Repeat ……… times.

 

Standing

Image demonstrating exercise 3

Keep your knees straight, slowly run your hands down the front of your legs towards your toes. Return to the upright position.

Repeat ……… times.

Repeat the above exercise with one foot on a step / stool.

Repeat ……… times.

 

In sitting

Image demonstrating exercise 4

Sit upright, slowly tilt your pelvis backwards to flatten your lower back then return to the upright neutral position.
Repeat ……… times.

 

Kneeling on all fours

Image demonstrating exercise 5

Kneeling on all fours, keep your shoulders still, arch your back upwards gently then hollow back down, repeat slowly. Concentrate on it being the lower back leading the movement.
Repeat ……… times.

Lying on your side

Image demonstrating exercise 6

Keep your back straight, with your head supported on a pillow, tilt your pelvis forwards arching the small of your back then tilt your pelvis and the small of your back backwards to flatten it.
Repeat ……… times.

Lying on your back

Image demonstrating exercise 7

Keep your bottom on the bed, flatten the small of your back down onto the bed, then arch your back slowly.
Repeat ……… times.

 

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