Functional activities require a combination of positioning (proprioceptive) ability, flexibility and strength.

  • Standing, walking and swimming usually requires more movement into extension than flexion.
  • Bending forward to tying shoe laces or sitting requires more movement into flexion.
  • Maintaining sustained postures in areas of impairment will be painful

Movement Maps and Movement Zones help to develop an awareness of movement and position of the back during or prior to activity. Performing movements in areas of impairment, or maintaining a position in an area of impairment will increase symptoms.

A movement map showing the mid positionA movement map showing a position to the rightA movement circle showing side to side movement in extensionA movement map showing a flexed positionA movement map showing an extended position