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Prone Position


Updated September 28, 2010

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Prone is a word that describes the position of your body when you are lying on your stomach. Clinicians, such as physical therapists, use the term prone to talk or write about positions they place their patients/clients in when giving manual therapy and back strengthening exercises. They also use the word prone they record these activities in their notes.

For example, the yoga cobra pose is a one in which you lay on your stomach - in the prone position - and gently push your head, shoulders and chest up off the floor.

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