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Abdominal Exercises for Fused Lumbar Spines

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Crystal Welch has a 30-year writing history. Her more than 2,000 published works have been included in the health and fitness-related Wellness Directory, Earthdance Press and Higher Source. She is an award-winning writer who teaches whole foods cooking and has written a cookbook series. She operates an HON-code-certified health-related blog with more than 95,000 readers. Welch has a B.B.A. from Eastern Michigan University.
Abdominal Exercises for Fused Lumbar Spines
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Fused lumbar spines involve inserting a bone graft between two affected vertebrae in order to improve movement and reduce pain levels. Abdominal exercises for fused lumbar spines need to use spinal precautions that concentrate on not putting excessive pressure on your lower back area in order to allow your fusion time to properly heal. Avoid exercises that involve bending, twisting or lifting heavy objects. Always check with your doctor first since not all exercises may be appropriate for you.

Utilize Water

Exercising in water can be especially beneficial for individuals with joint concerns. Water contains a natural buoyancy that supports body weight and takes pressure off the spinal column, making your body more open to pain-free movement. Start doing some leg extensions as part of your abdominal exercises for fused lumbar spines program. Get into shoulder-deep water and evenly distribute body weight between both legs. Tighten your abdominal muscles to stabilize and balance your spine. Gently lift your right leg six inches in front of you. Keep your toes pointed up. Hold this position for 10 seconds. Slowly return to the original position. Relax for five seconds. Repeat this exercise 10 times. Do the exercise again using your left leg.

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Utilize Isometrics

Isometrics involve strengthening muscles without moving any joint and can provide effective abdominal exercise after a fused spine. Use isometrics while either standing or sitting upright in a chair. With your feet firmly on the floor, tighten your abdominal muscles. Remember to breathe normally and not hold your breath. Hold this tension for eight seconds. Release the tension and relax for 10 seconds. Repeat this exercise 10 times. Do this exercise throughout the day whenever you have extra times such as standing in lines or sitting in waiting areas.

Enhance Pelvic Functioning

Since lumbar fusion therapy compromises abdominal muscle functioning, effective abdominal exercises for fused lumbar spines need to gently work on improving your pelvic area flexibility and strength to increase lower back support. Start by lying on your back on an exercise mat. Gently bend your knees until your feet are flat against the surface. Place your hands alongside your body. Tighten your abdominal muscles and push your pelvis into the mat. Hold this position for 10 seconds. Return to the original position. Relax for 10 seconds. Repeat this exercise eight times.

Involve Marching

Going through the motion of marching can be effective abdominal exercise for a fused lumbar spine. Lay on your back on an exercise mat. Gently bend both knees until both feet are flat against the mat. Tighten your abdominal muscles to stabilize your spine. Lift your right leg six inches from the mat and hold this position for 10 seconds. Slowly lower your leg. Lift your left leg and hold for 10 seconds. Slowly lower back to original position. Relax for 10 seconds. Repeat this exercise 10 times.

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