Functional Loading


  • When standing, walking, running or sitting, the spine is loaded in a vertical orientation.
  • Controlled of vertical loading (as opposed to bed rest) is essential for normal active function.

Vertical loading of the spine may assist with the natural stimulation of anti-gravity or postural muscles. When performing vertical loading exercises in the Back-in-Rehab Programme, you should try and keep the resulting movements of the hip pelvis and back controlled and close to Zone 1. Use a mirror, video or carefully placed hands over the pelvis to provide feedback and ensure movements controlled close to Zone 1. If movements are not well controlled, and stray towards Zone 3 or 4, reduce the load until you regain control with movement in Zone 1, or seek advice from your healthcare professional.