By the way:
Lateral protrusions do not like spinal extension at the beginning (yoga cobra, standing, walking) so if you see any goodies on "teh intertubes" about how "McKenzie" is all about extension.... IGNORE THEM!
McKenzie is not all about extension, and only 60% of protrusions respond to extension anyway.
Please don't do extensions. They will probably hurt. Nothing that puts your bits and pieces back into their proper position or proper shape should make you feel worse as a result!
Big juicy laterals like side-glides. Your MDT physical therapist will help you figure out what flavor of side-glide your back needs to help shove that darn disc back into its proper shape.
Meanwhile, you can try to ease it up some by lying on your stomach and drawing the sore-side (left) leg up to the side, like a frog-leg. (or a commando-crawl) You can also try to ease it as you wait by putting your sore-side hand on your sore-side hip and pushing your pelvis away sideways (to the right), so you look like a banana.
If neither of these gives you any relief, please don't do them.
The idea is to keep things calm and bearable until your PT can get to you.
Your PT will give you a corrective motion to do 10 times every 2 hours right then at your first visit. It shouldn't take you more than a minute to do each time. He or she will tell you how to evaluate yourself. Really, you end up treating yourself. The PT's job is really to educate you so you can be your own therapist.
Last edited by KnottedYet; 12-10-2010 at 08:34 PM.
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