Spine Rehab Exercises

Spine rehab exercises are concerned about increasing mobility, muscle strength and spinal alignment. These exercises will help increase your muscles’ ability to stabilize your spine, reduce your pain intensity and improve your overall functionality, states the National Institute of Sports Medicine and Athletic Trauma. Doing the exercises on a consistent basis will provide you with the best results. Consult with your physician or physical therapist to develop an exercise program.

Neck Stretching & Strengthening

Some rehab exercises affect your upper spine, known as the cervical spine. According to the National Institute of Sports Medicine and Athletic Trauma physical therapy site at nismat.org, you need to stretch and strengthen your neck.
Stretch your neck by doing a head turn. Slowly turn your neck to the left side. Keep your shoulders relaxed. Turn your head until you feel a stretch. Hold this stretch for six seconds. Slowly return to the original position. Relax for five seconds. Repeat this exercise three times. Do the exercise to your right side.
Start strengthening your neck by standing with your back against a wall. Press the back of your head into the wall. Tuck your chin as you do this. Hold this position for 10 seconds. Relax for five seconds. Repeat this exercise three times.

Abdominal Contractions

Abdominal contractions will strengthen and stabilize the lumbar spine, which is the lowest part of the spine.
The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons suggests the following: Lie on your back and bend your knees until your feet are flat on the floor. Place your hands on your stomach. Tighten your abdominal muscles as you squeeze your ribs down towards your back. Hold this contraction for five seconds. Release the tension. Relax for five seconds. Repeat this exercise 10 times.

Wall Squats

Wall squats are spine rehab exercises that will strengthen your entire spine. according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. Stand with your back against a wall, move your feet forward for about 12 inches. Tighten your abdominal muscles. Slowly lower yourself. Gently bend your knees to a 45 degree angle. Do not bend them farther than this angle. Hold this position for five seconds. Slowly return to your upright position. Relax for five seconds. Repeat this exercise 10 times.

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