Bed Mobility While Healing

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By Dr. Roya Salehoun
Published on January 13, 2013

Bed Mobility

Many back pains come from improper body mechanics during daily activities. If you currently have back pain, there are several ways of getting in and out of bed to decrease the discomfort while you are healing.

To move from lying on your back, bend your knees up and roll to your side. Slide your legs off the edge of the bed with your knees bent. Push up with your arms, using your legs as a counter weight, and sit up.

If you are moving from a sitting to a lying position, reverse the above procedure. Begin sitting on bed. Lower yourself down on to your side. Use your arms to help guide and control the movement. Once you are lying on your side, you may slide the legs up onto the bed. To roll over on your back, keep your knees bent and roll onto your back.
Bed mobility - how to safely get in and out of bed

For individuals who suffer from back pain and sleep on their back, you should try using a four position pillow under your knees. This will provide relief to your back throughout the night. If you have a sore neck, try using a contoured pillow. Contoured pillows provide additional support as the shape helps to cradle your head and neck. If you are used to using a traditional pillow, you may feel discomfort after the first use with your new pillow. Don’t give up hope as you will notice a change within a couple of days! Happy sleeping!!

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