Why You Shouldn’t Hug Knees to Chest | Back Pain Relief

Why You Shouldn’t Hug Knees to Chest | Back Pain Relief

In the physical therapy office we are often
asked what exercises to be doing or what not to be doing on your own. And usually we are designing the exercising
program for the patient but though often enough they do want to ask can I go back to this. Can I go back to that. And one of the common ones that are being
done, its a exercise they have to be very careful with is called a Double Knee to Chest
or Hugging your Knees into your chest. Good. So. Bring them all in right here. So this exercise we see this a lot in the
clinic. As well in, as far in home programs. Its a very good exercise if your dealing with
a degenerative spine. Like a spinal stenosis or an arthritic problem. So its also very good for patients that are
having sort of muscle problems in their back. But the reality is in the physical therapy
clinic we rarely see muscle problems. Muscle problems get better on their own. They usually get better in fact 7 to 10, 7
to 14 days. So they wouldn’t be in the clinic if they
were having a muscle problem. Usually its something more degenerative in
the spine. A disc problem. And by bringing the knees up into your chest. While though you are getting some stretching
in the muscle tissue, you’re actually pulling or pushing the spinal discs in the wrong direction
meaning we spent all day with our body in a flex position. Whether we’re sitting or whether we’re bending. And that actually was part of the big problem
and the root of the problem. So forcing that direction is going to further
shove or push the disc material out in the wrong direction. Patients often will have minimal to no pain
during but it is felt later on in the day or maybe that night. It’s sometimes used incorrectly in term of
the time of when patients are doing the exercise.

15 comments on “Why You Shouldn’t Hug Knees to Chest | Back Pain Relief

  1. Jerkwaad Post author

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  2. sami qazi Post author

    i m having disc issue, and my physical therapist told me exactly these 2 excercises to do, what u r telling us to avoid

  3. Sussy SArtist Post author

    This is my second week and recovering from Strain on my back muscle . I feel a lot of pain by bringing my knees to chest . I agree 100 per sent . I cant do this . This is only two weeks since my accident . This is the recovery face . Any advice I would appreciate ! thank you Eric ! XO

  4. Eric Sampson Post author

    sorry for long delay. By now I'm sure things have changed re your pain/condition?? It's difficult to say why your PT prescribed these exercises. In my experience and with my training its best to get on your stomach. This has a way for reducing the pressure in your back, and specifically in your disc(s). From there its difficult to say how aggressive to get since I am unsure of your condition. Good Luck

  5. Eric Sampson Post author

    you likely needs to get on your stomach, maybe prop up on your elbows as if your trying to read a magazine. Relax the stomach and back muscles and sustain the position for a minute. Then return to on your stomach (flat) for a minute. Then repeat up on your elbows again for a minute, etc for 10 minutes. Try that game 2-3 times/day. Difficult to say beyond that- good luck though.

  6. Waddah Ismail Post author

    Hi Eric
    I had back pain associated with buttock pain, sensation of pins in toe and numbness in foot all in right side. Mri report stated
    1. Narrowing and loss of hydration of l4-l5 disc with circumferential bulge indenting ventral surface of thecal sac.there is associated hypertroghy of ligament flavum.
    2. No spinsl canal stenosis
    3. No marrow lesion seen.
    I tried Mckenzie exercise 1,2& exercise 3 press up and shifted my hips to left 3 inches exactly as mentioned in mckenzie book. After two sessions of exercises symptoms in foot, toe and hip, unfortunately, not gone or reduced but pain started in left buttock also. My quedtion is shall I start exercising again for 2 days and watch if any improvement or stop and forget these exercises ? . Please advise

  7. Dale Bergeron Post author

    This was an exercise/stretch that feels better than sitting or standing and it seems to help slightly during strikes of back pain near spine and deep tissue buttock nerve pain. Not sure what you call it, That is how it feels. 18 years now. Pic shows what I looked like before I was injured. Numbness comes and goes especially sitting. Pain is unbearable after 10 minutes. Standing about the same but I can stand longer but pay in pain later. I do minor yoga every day.  I used to do this trying to curve my back for up to a minute. (lower back locked all the time) Laying flat on back on flat surface I can't quiet get lower back to touch surface. On all 4s in cat pose upper back curves but lower back flat. When doing knees to chest yoga people tell me to tail bone down near mat, I didn't quite get what your video was telling me with my issues what way to go with this?  Numbness in legs have only got worse in last few years.

  8. Chris Knox Post author

    The title of this video is incorrect. As the therapist explains in the video, the hugging knees to chest exercise is only a bad idea if you have a serious back condition like a slipped disc. If you have a muscle tear, then it is a good exercise.

    So the title should be "why those suffering from slipped discs should not hug knees to chest." Not everyone.

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