As you know, we’re big advocates for therapeutic exercise around here.
This is one of those occasions where I’ve had to do some self care to help a little pain spot I deal with. On the left side of my mid to lower back I get this one little spot that flares up once in a while. so I went to a friend of mine to get a little work done in the area.
They recommended doing some back extensions on a machine at the gym, however, most of us don’t have access to a gym in our clincs.
So, I figured out a way that any of us could do some effective therapeutic exercise right in our treatment rooms just using a theraband, and here’s what I came up with.
Here’s how to do an Isometric, Concentric, and Eccentric load for extension.
Here’s some ideas for rotation.
Another great exercise for rotation is the Palloff Press (also one of the exercises my friend recommended for me). This is usually done with a cable machine at the gym but can easily be done with a theraband as well.
- Communication with your patient regarding comfort level for length of time and repetitions are key.
- Start with isometrics, then move on to concentric, then eccentric.
- Remember, a bit of discomfort is okay, just don’t cause pain with the exercise.
- Make sure your patient is comfortable doing the eccentric portion as it may cause more muscle soreness.