One of our main objectives in prescribing exercises to disc patients should be to increase neuromuscular control and muscular endurance. Just focusing on increasing strength and flexibility often leads to poor results.
In regard to physical therapy and corrective exercises for disc herniations, a thorough examination should be conducted by a licensed health-care professional to assess all of your conditions. However, a general plan of care will consist of the following:
– I agree with Jeff. Flexion based exercises would probably aggravate a disc-lesion. Corrective exercises for disc-problems would include good core stabilization from the inside out ( by activating proper diaphragm function), off-loading the lumbar spine by learning better hip-hinge patterns and by improving the cortical control of the movement patterns.
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Exercise for Sciatica from Degenerative Disc Disease
Many possibilities:There are many exercises for disc disease. Some include stretching-lying on your back and pulling one knee to the chest and repeat with the other; strengthening-see my back health guide for tips; reverse arch -doing push ups but not with a rigid back instead arching your back backwards. Consult with your doctor or physical for the best exercises for your condition.
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