This is the first in a progression of lower back rehabilitation exercises. Your aim is to
hold your pelvis absolutely steady while lifting your knee off the floor with minimal
Assisted Knee Raises:- Start Position
- Lie on the floor in the Relaxation Position
- Place Pillows behind your head and shoulders, use a towel to make a sling for your right leg (diagram).
- Pelvic Neutral
- Anchor your scapulas.
- Chin gently tucked.
Assisted Knee Raises:- Action
Knee Raise (no Assistance):- Action
- Zip and hollow and breathe in.
- (Breathing out): Using the towel sling for assistance, raise your right knee
while keeping your pelvis absolutely still. Only take it as far as it will comfortably go.
- (Breathing in): maintain "Zip and Hollow", and at the same time, return your
leg to the start position.
- Five times each leg!
If you can do the assisted version with a stable pelvis & without pain, try it without
the towel! - (see diagram).
Assisted Knee Raises (Scroll right>>>>....)
What Assissted Knee Raises do:-
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Assisted Knee Raises, Action:-|
Knee Raises, Start Position:-
Knee Raises, Action:-
Promotes stability of your lower back and pelvis during hip joint flexion. This is done by:-
Assisted Knee Raise © Bruce Thomson, EasyVigour Project
- Improving the strength and/or control of your abdominal muscles so that
only your hip joint moves. (Your spine does not move!)
- Giving you complete control with the sling so that you can work
within the limits of your pain and abdominal muscle strength.
Watch Points for Assisted Knee Raises
The whole aim of the Assisted Knee Raise is to keep your pelvis and spine absolutely still!
- Work slowly! Move within the limits of pain!
- Don't let your pelvis move! The pelvic clock face looks straight up and never deviates.
- If you cannot raise your knee with the aid of a towel assist, seek the help of a professional.
- This exercise is safe for almost any low back pain, and you should use it as your starting exercise.
- It is however especially useful for the kyphosis-lordosis posture type (see picture).
This posture type is associated with weak abdominal muscles.
- Shirley A Sahrman: "Movement Impairment Syndromes" Publ. Mosby, 2002
- Bruce Thomson Engage Gluteus maximus!
- Shirley A Sahrmann: Diagnosis and Treatment of Movement Impairment Syndromes;
Publ. Mosby 2002