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Is it ok to rest on stomach for people who benefit from extension?

For people with bulging discs, herniated discs, etc. that benefit from mckenzie extension exercises...

Do you think it would be ok to read a book/use a tablet/computer while laying on my stomach - just to put the mckenzie 'prone' position to work for a longer time?

I know usually they say to do the mckenzie 'prone' position for 2 or 3 minutes. But would 30 minutes be bad?

I was thinking as long as I am resting, might as well find a position to help move a bulging disc back into place.

Would either laying flat on my stomach (listen to music) or up on my elbows work (read a book) be ok for extended periods like 30 min?

Would that help move a posterior bulging disc?


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,842
    lay on my stomach since my first lumbar surgery in 1978.
    No way to do this in bed, and at the beach it is still very difficult.

    But its not because if what damage or problems it could create, but more about comfort.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • I'd ask your doc. I do what's comfortable. I can work on the computer laying on my left side with pillows strategically placed. I'm like Ron, laying on my stomach (or back) is agony. My theory after all these years has become, if it comfortable go with it! It's an interesting question for a specialist. Please let us know. My favorite TV watching position was always laying on my stomach, propped on my elbows. I hope it helps ;-)
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
  • "In this study they (in agreement with Mckenzie’s theory) found that repeated extension (backward bending) could sometimes reverse the process, helping to move the disc back to the center. I’ve met one of the primary researchers in this paper (Stuart McGill) and asked him if he started recommending repeated back extension to his exercise program in light of this study. He said he still didn’t, because the repeated extension would eventually result in arthritis in the facet joints of the spine. Rather, he thought laying prone (on one’s stomach) with the head raised either on two fists or up on elbows (at most) and staying in that position for as long as 15 minutes would likely have the same positive effect without stressing the facet joints of the spine"
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