Back Pain Test #5: The Full Stand Test
Test your back by standing up from the lying position
SN Health Resources | Updated August 24, 2018
This is the most challenging of the 5 tests but also the most revealing.
If you have had any difficulty with the first 4 tests, this one may be your most difficult of all.
Don’t be discouraged as it is not expected to be easy to do.
This is an excellent test to make you more aware of your risk for back issues because it requires all of the muscle groups which you have been using in tests 1 through 4.
The more that you can accomplish the first 4 tests, the easier this test will become. Also, the easier that it becomes for you to perform this test, the more protection that you are providing for your lower back.
This test has a number of very important benefits for your physical health.
- Your core muscle strength
- Improving your hip flexibility
- Strengthening your knee stability
- Increasing your leg strength
- Improving your abdominal strength
- Improved hip flexor conditioning
- Releasing lower back tension
- It encourages you to actively favor using your lower body over your upper
All of these benefits work together to improve the stability of your lumbar curve and to give relief.
To begin the Full Stand Test
Caution: Balance is important for this test. Do this next to a wall for support or with a partner.
1) Begin by lying down flat on a hard surface with your legs straight.
2) Bend your knees slightly.
3) Place your hands on your stomach or near your hips and keep them there.
4) Slowly try to bring your upper body into a seated position while keeping your hands on your body (do not use your hands or arms to assist you).
5) Once you are able to sit upright, bend your knees to sit.
6) While sitting up, rotate your thighs sideways (one in & one out)
7) Lean forward and begin to kneel
8) Put yourself into a lunge position as shown below. Watch your knees!
9) Slowly, raise up with feet in lunge position
10) Relax in full stand
Note: Do not expect this test to be easy as you will be recruiting every protective muscle to assist you.
How Did You Do?
- How did you feel when you sat up and stood up?
- Did you have any pain/strain from any part of your body while contracting your abdominals, hip muscles or legs?
- Was is very difficult trying to elevate your upper body off of the floor?
- Was is hard for you to position your legs while entering your seated and kneeling position?
- Did you have trouble using your legs to push off of the floor?
- Was there any tension in your lower back when you rose up straight?
- Do you have an anterior pelvic tilt? If so then did it impede your ability to sit up?
If you found any difficulty with any of these questions, you are at risk of increased pain
You must work on retraining and reconditioning all of the muscle groups so that this test can become a daily or weekly activity to help KEEP you fit and not as a strenuous activity instead.
There are many exercises that you should and can do that will help you with this test.
Now that you have completed the 5 tests
Proceed to the next page to learn just how to recondition and retrain yourself to protect your spine and relieve your pain.
The next page will explain where your limitations are what you need to start working on, you will benefit tremendously and your quality of life with improve greatly.
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