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  • Lian Yun-Perng, Physiotherapist

Back to Basics 2 for Lower Back Pain

I have been seeing a variety of LBP patients for some time now. Most of them would demonstrate a DN/DP when assessed for MSE or MSF. When they show a lack of Lx mobility during the assessment, I would ask them to perform the Mckenzie exs or Repeated Extension in Lying (REIL) for about 10 repetitions.

More often than not, their ability to extend or flex their spine would improve by an average of 30%!

Here's a video of the exercise:

The fact that they could regain mobility with such a simple and short exs indicates a neurological response. There is nothing special about this technique but it does promote mobility along the Lx spine. So, we can still stick to what we have learnt in PT school to help our patients and there is no need to use fancy machines or techniques to treat some times!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more!

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Lian Yun-Perng  

UK Qualified Physiotherapist
Bachelor of Physiotherapy

Keele University, United Kingdom
Diploma in Physiotherapy

AIMST University, Malaysia

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