Once in the Starting Position (shown above), patients are encouraged to perform a series of exercises. These have been carefully developed from long experience to mobilise the facet joints of the spine and to reduce as required, back, neck, and hip pain.
When you first lie on the Backrack, you may have a stiff spine and pain/back spasms, because your spine is not accustomed to the pressure. There are no side-effects but your spine will react to the upward force of the nodules with your symptoms certainly improving over the space of about 5 days. You may feel sore the first few days.
In view of this predictable (and necessary) response, the spine needs to be decompressed in stages. To begin with, a low-moderate pressure will be sufficient to lengthen the spine (and provoke a reaction). However, as your spine adapts to the Backrack, you will need to increase the pressure, using more advanced techniques.
For this reason, we have designed a comprehensive range of movements, designed to increase the pressure in stages.
Spinal Backack – 2nd Advanced Exercises – Stomach Crunch
This exercise will strengthen the deep, abdominal muscles that help to stabilise the spine. Moderate pressure is also applied to the lower back.
The patient should start from the starting position, where you should be lying on the rack, with your knees bent touching the floor. Lift your upper torso (upper back, shoulders and neck) off the rack.
Use your hands to support the weight of your head. As you can see from the video, you do not need to lift very far. Do not use your arms to lift: this will stop you from targeting your abdominal muscles.
Do not tense your neck, When you lift, focus your eyes on the ceiling: this will help to keep your neck (and back) as straight as possible.
As you lift, keep your lower abdominals tensed (up and in), and breath out slowly. Exhale, until you come to the end of your breath: this will help you to keep the tension in your abdominal muscles in a safe and reliable manner Limit the number of repetitions (perhaps to as little as five or ten).
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