Log Roll to Get Out of Bed without Back Stress

Hi, I'm Doctor Jo, a licensed Physical Therapist and Doctor of Physical Therapy. I hope you enjoy my video demos of stretches & exercises for common injuries and syndromes. If you have a question, just ask. Be safe. Have fun. And I hope you feel better soon.

If you have ever injured your back, you know that something as simple as getting out of bed can be difficult and painful. One great technique we use in therapy is called the log roll. This is used to help take the stress off your back when getting up from a lying position.

First, you want to roll over onto your side, and scoot your body close to the edge of the bed. Then bend your knees and pull your legs up towards your chest until they are almost off the edge of the bed. You are going to use your legs like a pendulum to swing your body upwards. At the same time you are dropping your legs down off the bed, use your top arm to push up from the bed. If done correctly, it should be a very easy and smooth motion without pain.

 

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