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Skip to 0 minutes and 10 seconds During this video, we will see our advanced physiotherapist, Lisa, demonstrating how to get up safely following a fall. The first thing that I would recommend is to roll onto your side, and from there, onto all fours. Once you’re on all fours, it means that you can be mobile. So I would look for the nearest chair or stable surface to pull myself up, then crawl on your hands and knees. If you have one leg which is stronger than the other, aim to manoeuvre that so that it’s closest to the chair. Bend the knee and place the foot flat on the floor. Using your arms for leverage, pivot round into a seating position.

Skip to 0 minutes and 54 seconds Take a minute to rest back and make sure that you’re not hurt and you don’t feel dizzy, before attempting to stand.

Skip to 1 minute and 4 seconds Here, Lisa is teaching Heather how she might stand up following a fall. As Heather does, you may have to adapt your own approach to standing so that it works for you. OK, so the first thing I’m going to ask you to do is just roll onto your side, and from there, if you can, onto all fours. Great. And now you’re going to crawl to the closest chair, which I think is this one here. Come nice and close. And then, using your arms for leverage, you’re just going to pivot your bottom around into sitting.

Skip to 1 minute and 41 seconds Perfect.

How to stand up following a fall

Although we are learning how we might prevent falls, there may well be times when we do fall. One of the challenges we face is how best to get up after a fall, particularly if we have weaker muscles or stiff joints.

In this video we will see Lisa Robinson, an Advanced Physiotherapist, who specialises in falls, dizziness and balance disorders. She will demonstrate to us a safe and effective method of getting up from the floor.

We must remember that it is not always safe to stand up following a fall. The following circumstances may mean that it is not safe, and that we should either call for help, or wait until we are feeling better:

  • Suspected broken bone
  • Suspected stroke
  • Feeling faint or light-headed
  • Confusion

Having watched the video, think about how you would stand up after a fall and then see how it compares to what Lisa shows us.

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