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Extension in lying

Mckenzie method to supplement chiropractic

Extension in lying, or the prone pressup, is one of the most commonly prescribved end range loading protocols for back pain. Check out the video to refresh on the finer points of the exercise.  Remember, the KEY BENEFIT OF THIS EXERCISE IS ACHIEVED BY REACHING END RANGE, or going as far into the pressup as possible! The video has some hints on how to achieve this, and what to do if it is painful at first, so check it out!

Typical prescription is one set of 10-15 repetitions every 2 hours throughout the day.


We frequently prescribe this exercise in combination with postural correction techniques.  Watch this video to see how to use a lumbar roll, which you can purchase in our office or online, to optimize your home exercise program for the fastest recovery from low back pain and sciatica.


Lastly, this exercise may cause some soreness in your low back.  This is not because it is harming your back, it is because it is applying force on your back that your tissues are not used to having put on them. However, in some cases, there are some things to look out for that may signify the exercise is slowing or reversing your healing process. We talk about what to watch for in more depth in this last video. 

Dr. Todd Peterson, DC, Cert MDT. Dr. Todd Peterson Dr. Todd Peterson is a chiropractor and certified provider for Mechanical Diagnosis & Therapy (MDT, aka the McKenzie Method). Dr. Peterson played football at the University of Nebraska, where he was a 4 year letter winner and Academic All American. He briefly played professional football in 2009 before returning to Chiropractic School in 2010. He earned his doctor of chiropractic (DC) degree from National University of Health Sciences in 2013, graduating with Magna Cum Laude honors.

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