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Log Roll Method for Safe Movement

Overview

If you've had surgery to your back or belly, an injury to your trunk, or pain in your back, then you know that bending and twisting can cause more pain or injury. Movements that would normally be easy and automatic may be hard or unsafe until you are healed or have less pain.

To get in and out of bed safely, you can use the log roll method. Here are some tips that may help.

  • Sitting on the side of the bed, use your arms to lower yourself onto your side.

    The idea is to keep your trunk straight as you lower your upper body and raise your legs.

  • Make your movements slow and steady.

    If you get dizzy, pause for a few moments when you go from sitting to standing.

  • Keep your trunk straight.

    Imagine that your trunk is a plank of wood that can't bend or twist.

  • Have an extra pillow within reach.

    Use the pillow for support if you need it.

  • Position yourself differently in bed to avoid painful movement.
    • Get in and out of bed from the opposite side.
    • Sleep with your head at the foot of your bed.
  • Follow the instructions from your doctor or physical therapist.

    You may get different instructions based on your needs.

Credits

Current as of: March 9, 2022

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Joan Rigg PT, OCS - Physical Therapy

 
 

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