People with Parkinson’s can have difficulty rolling over and getting out of bed. This exercise will help you recognize where you are having problems and build a corrective strategy to overcome them. Rolling patterns also increase hip and back mobility while strengthening the core.
Primitive Functional Movement
Start by laying on a mat face up, with hands up over your head and feet hip width apart.
To roll over to the left, lift your right hand up toward the ceiling and start to draw it across your body to the left, dragging your lower body across until you are face down.
To roll over onto your back, start by turning your head and bringing your left hand up and over to your right, dragging the weight of your lower body across until you are facing up.
To return, initiate the movement with the lower part of your body by bringing your left leg up and drawing it across your body to the right, with the upper part of your body trailing behind until you are face down.
Return to your starting position by bringing your right leg across with the upper part of your body trailing behind until you are face down.
To watch a video demonstration, visit our rolling over exercise video.