The bridging exercise works the muscles around your lower body and hips. Do not continue with this exercise if it causes pain.
- Lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. Your knees should be bent about 90 degrees.
- Find your neutral spine position. You will hold it during the exercise. Neutral spine is the name for posture that maintains the three normal curves in your spine.
- Tighten your belly muscles by pulling in your belly button toward your spine.
- Then push your heels into the floor, squeeze your buttocks, and lift your hips off the floor until your shoulders, hips, and knees are all in a straight line.
- Hold about 6 seconds. Remember to breathe normally.
- Lower yourself slowly to the floor and rest for up to 10 seconds.
- Repeat 8 to 12 times.
Current as of: March 9, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Joan Rigg PT, OCS - Physical Therapy