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.

While lying flat on a firm surface, place your hands under your shoulders as though you are about to doa. pushup.  Then, press your upper body away from the surface, leaving the rest of your body as relaxed as possible.  Try not to squeeze your core or glute muscles.

If this movement is painful, you can try to warm up the movement by lying prone on your elbows like you were watching televison on your stomach, or by pressing up only to the painful point in the range of motion.

However, the end goal of this moement is to achieve end range, going as high into the pressup as possible. To achieve this, lock out your elbows, and let your belly button sag back down to the table at the top of the press.

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

Author
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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