Objectives

  • Strengthens the deep core and shoulder stabilizer muscles.
  • Strengthens and protects back from injury.
  • Promotes healthy functional movement patterns through stabilization.

Targeted Muscles

  • Deep Abdominal Musculature
  • Oblique Abdominal Musculature
  • Shoulder Stabilizer Musculature
  • Inner and Outer Thigh Musculature

How to Perform

1Begin side lying with your left elbow under your shoulder and your legs straight. Feet stacked on one another.
2Inhale and then exhale and gently draw the belly in towards the spine as you lift your waist and hips off the floor to balance on your elbow and feet.
3Lift your top leg away from bottom.
4Ensure your head, shoulders, hips, knees and feet are in a straight line.
5Lift your right hand and arm straight up towards the ceiling and slightly pinch your shoulder blades to the mid back, opening the chest.
6Hold and repeat on the other side

Alternative Exercise Suggestions for Patients with an ICD

1Avoid extending top side arm up. Keep it to the side of the body.

Common Challenges

  • If you experience shoulder pain, it may be because your elbow isn't directly under your shoulder. If you continue to experience pain, consult an exercise professional or physical therapist.
  • The upper spine can sometime round, throwing the alignment off. To ensure proper alignment, lift the chest and pull the shoulders away from the ears.
  • Lastly, the hips may sit back from line of the head to toes. If that's the case, engage your glute (back of hips) muscles to push the hips forward and back into alignment.

Load Sets Reps Tempo Rest
Hand to Feet 2 1 Hold 5 to 15 sec on each side 45 sec to 1 min depending on exercise response

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