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WESTMINSTER, Maryland — Crossing a bridge can lead a person over or out of tumult and into smoother pastures.

So, too, can the act of performing a bridge.

Indeed, bridging — the exercise of lying on the back, knees bent, and lifting the pelvis into the air — possesses so many benefits to the body that both physical therapists and occupational therapists often include it in patient treatment or follow-up activities.

“Bridging can be used to strengthen the core as part of pre-gait training for people who have trouble walking, and for activities of daily living like getting dressed or, for some, bed pan manipulation,” Sean Stamm, a physical therapist assistant at Therafit Rehab’s Westminster location, said.

Gym coaches and personal trainers also often employ the exercise as part of core-strengthening regimens.

Stamm, together with fellow PTA Michael Keane, teamed up to produce this 5-minute video to help Therafit Rehab’s community of patients and caregivers with tips on bridging. Check out our “Patient and Caregiver Guide to Bridging” below or on our YouTube channel. Be sure to like and subscribe, or leave a comment.