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What is this exercise?

Harmonic MinorHHarmonic Minor Posts: 31
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:36 AM in Exercise and Rehab
The new physio I saw yesterday, aside from putting me on lumbar traction which gave me some frightening sensations, also told me to perform an exercise where you 'lie on your front, placing a pillow under your stomach, and raise both legs out.'

I'm not sure if he meant both at the same time but this strikes me as a silly exercise, almost along the lines of:


Though if you keep your chest on the ground is this a safe exercise?

Thank you


  • Ah I think I've figured it out, for reference. Well he said put a pillow or better, 2 pillows, under the stomach when doing the exercise. I think this is to stop it being a hyperextension exercise like the 'superman' (which puts dangerous amounts of force on the hyperextend spine). Since there are 2 pillows under your front there's a little bit of an arch in the body, so raising both your legs (essentially the lower half your body) actually straighens in out, and your chest/upper part of your body is kept firmly on the floor.

    Kind of like this,

    except with no exercise ball so your hands are on the ground. There, puzzled out my own question! Though that still doesn't really answer how effective/safe it is for discs.
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