The Importance of Tummy Time

tummy time

What can we learn from babies and tummy time, and how does that have anything to do with adults? Tummy time is very important for development of the neck and spinal muscles. Tummy time also leads to development of the ability to transition from the stomach to lying on your back. For adults, the prone position (lying on the stomach) can also be helpful for reduction of low back and midback pain.

tummy time, prone lying in lumbar extension

How to perform:

  • Start by lying on your stomach on a flat surface
  • After a couple of minutes, position your elbows underneath your shoulders and prop up on your elbows and forearms while letting your low back relax into the position
  • You can lie in the position for 5-20 minutes or more depending on how it feels for your mid to low back pain
  • If the exercise position seems to help your back pain, you may perform multiple times per day

Prone lying (tummy time) can be a helpful exercise position in the rehabilitation of low back and midback pain.

We always recommend making an appointment for any new onset spinal or extremity pain as well as for re-aggravations of previous symptoms to properly diagnose the underlying cause and to determine the most appropriate treatment.

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Yours in health,

Lederman Chiropractic & Sports Medicine


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