When it comes to recovering from a back injury or surgery, the log roll technique is an essential tool for getting in and out of bed.
The log roll technique is so popular it is often taught by therapists in hospitals to patients who will be going home.
However, I understand that not everyone may have received instruction on this technique so this post will demonstrate the proper technique for getting in and out of bed using the log roll technique following back surgery or injury.
We will show the log roll technique using a bed rail to improve ease and safety of your bed mobility.
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Estimated Time: 5 mins
Estimated Cost: $35* USD (or $0 if you choose to do without the bed rail)
If you have never installed a bed rail, do not worry. I have an entire post dedicated to how to install a bed rail. Head over there to learn how to install one before continuing.
Step 1: Lay Flat
First, you need to begin lying flat in your bed. In this demonstration, I’m laying flat on my back with a bed rail on my left (on the right in the photos).
Step 2: Bring Knees Up
While laying flat on the bed, raise your knees up, but make sure your feet are still flat on the bed.
Step 3: Reach for Bar
Next, you are going to reach for the bed rail. In my case, because the bed rail is on my left-side, I’m going to start by simply grabbing the bar with my left hand. Do not reach with your opposite (right) arm yet.
Before I reach with my right arm, I want to make sure that I’m keeping my shoulders and hips all in one straight line, so when I go to reach for that handrail, I’ll roll my whole body in one solid movement.
Now, keeping your shoulders and hips in a straight line, roll your whole body over and reach for the bed rail with your opposite arm.
Step 4: Feet Out of Bed
Once on your side, slowly start dropping your heels off the edge of the bed.
Step 5: Use Bed Rail to Sit Up
As soon as gravity starts to take your heels, use the bed rail to help sit up all while keeping perfectly aligned. Having your shoulders and hips in a straight line is going to keep your spine safe.
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