The time you have spent replying is much appreciated. Thanks for that.
I have been doing just 45deg extensions on a back ext bench, but plan on doing full extensions and isometric extension holds.
As for hyperextension...I do the mckenzie lying extensions (lyingg face down i push myself up on my palms) and it feels quite good, but it is obviously putting my spine in a state of hyperextension. You are familiar with the mckenzie protocol?
When you do side flexion, you are simply standing upright and bending to each side without twisting, correct?
And sorry to seem like I didnt checkout the link you gave me, but I did read all of the articles on there, and could not find a source of exercises. Maybe it was in the bottom of one article, past the references?
As for traction therapy; I have started doing 10 second holds on both a dip bar and a pullup bar. I tense my whole upper body, then breath out and slwoly release my bodyweight. It feels 'funny,' but ultimately seems to be doing some good for my back. Apparently besides pushing anything back in it also helps the healing process by allowing more fluid to enter the area (more oxygen, etc).