How do I turn in bed and get out of bed?

You will find log rolling to be the most helpful technique to turn in bed (page 25). Contract your stomach muscles and move your shoulders and hips at the same time as you roll over from your back to your side, or side to your back. The goal is to avoid twisting the spine. Move your body as one unit. When you get out of bed use the log rolling technique as well. Log roll to your side. Slightly bend your knees and hips and push up with your elbow and opposite hand, keeping your stomach muscles tight and simultaneously letting your legs slide over the edge of the bed. Gently move your buttocks to the edge of the bed. Push off of the bed with your hands and raise straight up with your legs to stand. Avoid bending your back. If you are admitted to the hospital, a physical therapist will teach you this technique.