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Table 5 Physical therapy stabilization exercise protocol

From: Yoga vs. physical therapy vs. education for chronic low back pain in predominantly minority populations: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial

Primary muscle group Exercises Criteria for progression
Transversus abdominus Abdominal bracing 30 repetitions with 8 s hold
  Bracing with heel slides 20 repetitions per leg with 4 s hold
  Bracing with leg lifts 20 repetitions per leg with 4 s hold
  Bracing with bridging 30 repetitions with 8 s hold, then progress to 1 leg
  Bracing with standing 30 repetitions with 8 s hold
  Bracing with standing row exercise 20 repetitions with 6 s hold
  Bracing with walking 10 minutes with cycles of 8 s hold and 10s rest
Erector spinae-multifidus Quadraped arm lifts with bracing 30 repetitions with 8 s hold on each side
  Quadraped leg lifts with bracing 30 repetitions with 8 s hold on each side
  Quadraped alternative arm & leg lifts w/ bracing 30 repetitions with 8 s hold on each side
Quadratus lumborum Side support with knees flexed 30 repetitions with 8 s hold on each side
  Side support with knees extended 30 repetitions with 8 s hold on each side
Oblique abdominals Side support with knees flexed 30 repetitions with 8 s hold on each side
  Side support with knees extended 30 repetitions with 8 s hold on each side