Improperly moving your body from a sitting to a standing position can increase neck and back pain. Move to the edge of the chair, making sure that your feet are under your knees. Use the arms of the chair for additional leverage. Take a breath and bend from your hips, keeping your chest lifted, and stand.
To sit down, begin by taking a breath. Reach back for the arms of the chair, scoot your hips back into the seat.
Sitting too far back in a chair is a common source of pain, as it is difficult to shift your weight forward as you stand. Be conscious of where your feet are planted.
This is something you will do several times a day, so try to be aware of particular things that make the movement easier.
The Laser Spine Institute Exercise Video Series, including all functional activities, post-surgical exercises and descriptions were designed specifically for Laser Spine Institute patients only. If you have not been prescribed these exercises, you should contact your physician before starting this or any exercise program. Exercise is not without its risks, and this or any other exercise program may result in injury. Risks include, but are not limited to: risk of injury, aggravation of a pre-existing condition, or adverse effect of over-exertion such as muscle strain, abnormal blood pressure, fainting and disorders of heart beat. As with any exercise program, if at any point during your workout you begin to feel faint, dizzy, or have physical discomfort, you should stop immediately and consult your surgeon's liaison or physician.