Stuck in a chair? Here are a few tips to help you get out of the chair

Hi, I’m Cat Printz from the PWR!Gym and today we are going to talk about what happens if you get stuck in your chair after sitting for a long period. So never fear we are going to talk about some strategies. So, first take a look at where your feet are planted, a lot of times after sitting we get slouchy, we kind of slump a little bit more and the rigidity will increase. So, step number one plant your feet, step number two if there is an armrest or even on the chair, push up, PWR! Up, get as tall as possible. Then think about where your hips are in relation to the front of the seat. So, what I usually recommend is to lean side to side to start and then as you lift your bottom, scoot. So, we are going to lean, and scoot, lean and scoot and as I scoot, I am now scooting myself forward on the chair. I’m going to get wide again so I can lean and stand. Okay so just to reiterate if I'm stuck in my chair and I get stuck and I’m kind of slouched and I can’t scoot and I kind of can’t get out of my chair I am going to get big, plant my feet. Okay, PWR! Up lean and scoot, lean and scoot, until I get closer to the front of the chair. I get big, rock forward and PWR! Up and that is how you get out of the chair if you’ve been stuck for a moment.


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Catherine D. Printz, DPT Parkinson Disease Exercise Specialist
Board Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist

About the Author

Catherine (Cat) specializes in neurological physical therapy, has worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings at the University of California in San Diego and San Francisco, and served as an Assistant Clinical Professor at UCSF’s School of Medicine. Cat is board-certified as a neurologic certified specialist by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and holds several certifications specifically tailored to the treatment of patients with Parkinson disease; she is a PWR!Moves Certified Therapist and Instructor, as well as certified in LSVT BIG. She joined the PWR!Gym in 2018 as a staff physical therapist and now serves as the Director of Rehabilitative and Exercise Therapies.

Cat offers physical therapy to clients in Arizona and wellness consultations to those outside of Arizona.

In her free time, Cat enjoys running, biking, acting as a diabetes advocate, and spending time with her young son, who loves dinosaurs almost as much as he loves the family’s three Bengals, Thor, Loki, and Squeakers.