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Extension in standing

Mckenzie method exercise for back pain, herniated disc, spondylolisthesis

As the only Certified provider of the McKenzie method of mechanical diagnosis and therapy in the West loop neighborhood of Chicago, we are in a unique position to pair simple at home exercise programs with chiropractic adjustments to help you recover from your low back and neck pain quickly.

Extension in standing is yet another end range loading exercise made famous by the Mckenzie method for back pain relief. It's benefits include easy and frequent application, as it can be performed almost anywhere. It does place your back and neck in a load bearing position, so balance and pain may limit range of motion for some patients, in which case extension in lying may be a better option. However, there are cases where that increased load is beneficial, so if this exercise was prescribed for you, stick to it unless your doctor agreed it's best for you to utilize another exercise in tandem or separately altogether. 

We recommend standing with a wide base for balance, pressing your hands into your glutes, bending your knees, and tilting your head backward as you bend as far back as possible. Remember, end range is the goal, so when you think you've gone far enough, see if you can go just a bit further. Be careful if you have problems with balance or dizziness.

For some patients, we recommend leaning over a stable piece of furniture like a heavy chair, table top, or kitchen island to make balance easier and/or to increase the force applied to your lower back during the movment. Typical prescription is one set of 10-15 repetitions every 2 hours throughout the day.

As always, stay mobile my friends!

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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