TIPS TO HELP YOU HEALING - NATURALLY
a. Best results occur when all visits are made or made up in a timely manner.
b. Participate in rehab in the office and at home with intention. Don't just go through the motions. If you have questions about your exercises, ask.
c. Remember, you are strengthening your posture to strengthen energy to your organs.
d. Stay positive. Healing takes time. The average healing cycle is 3 months. Years of stress and damage may require multiple healing cycles.
e. Always keep your short and long term goals in mind. Place them in a visible area.
- ICE / HEAT
a. When in pain do not use heat. Use heat only when dealing with tight muscles with no pain.
b. Use gel ice pack over area of pain complaint for 20 minutes, then remove for 60 minutes. Repeat as needed.
c. You cannot overdue it with ice (20 minutes, 60 minutes off).
d. Use a reversible gel pack, bag of frozen vegetables, or ice bag. Always put a paper towel or moist wash cloth over ice. Never put ice directly on skin.
a. Sit on the edge of the seat when getting in, then swing both legs together, pivoting on an axis.
b. Do not put one leg in first then sit down heavily.
c. If length of seat is too close to the dashboard, move it back when getting out so it's ready when getting back in. Particularly important for patients with low back problems.
- THE PHONE
a. Switch hands when using the phone.
b. Do not cradle the phone in the crook of your neck. It will destabilize the cervical spine and require more care.
c. Secretarial and sales people who use the phone a great deal should look into purchasing a lightweight headset.
a. Everyone knows the correct way to lift; most of us don't do it. DO IT!
b. There are circumstances where it is difficult lift correctly, particularly getting bag in or out of a car. The bumper does not allow one to bend the knees. Bring the grocery bag to you first and lift carefully.
c. If it is repetitive lifting, make it easier. Take breaks. Use equipment to help.
a. Waterbeds tend to become a problem once the patient has initiated spinal care. Among the several reasons why waterbeds irritate healing spines are temperature and lack of support.
b. Prior to beginning chiropractic care, a combination of spine-related problems, poor pillow, and poor beds will still allow rest. After irritation of care, a good pillow, bed, and chairs are essential for getting rest and healing.
c. Sleep on a firm mattress, preferably one which is neither too hard nor too soft, but just firm enough to hold your body level, while soft enough so that your shoulders and hips depress into the mattress.
- GETTING OUT OF BED
Lying down: Keep the torso straight, lay down on either side, bringing the feet up, knees and ankles together. Use the arms to help the upper body. Reverse for getting into bed.
Correct posture, or the attempt, should be part of all healing patient's regimen.
a. Sitting should be upright, not slouched.
b. Walking should be with the head level or slightly elevated, not looking at the ground.
c. If good posture cannot be maintained, use cushions, upright chairs, or other equipment to assist you.
a. Posture should be upright, not slouched.
b. La-z-boy chairs don't bend where you do; buy a rocker instead.
c. When working at a desk, elevate materials to avoid neck fatigue.
d. When sitting, choose a chair that has adequate firmness to hold your weight comfortably, and then sit straight. Avoid too soft, overstuffed chairs.
e. Cross legs only at the ankles, not at the knees. Crossing your legs at the knees could aggravate existing back condition as well as interfere with the circulation to the lower limbs.
a. Have your pillow checked by this office. We offer cervical orthopedic pillows to support your corrective care.
b. Use it correctly as directed.
c. Have the correct filling amount.
d. Have the correct type of filling.
e. Spine problem + bad pillow + bad position = rest (sometimes). Healthy spine + correct pillow + correct position = quality rest and healing.
f. The ideal pillow is one which supports your head so that your neck vertebrae will be level with the rest of your spine. Avoid sleeping on two pillows; never lie on a couch with your head on the armrest.
- PLAYING THE DOCTOR - PLEASE DON'T
a. Avoid rubbing, probing, or "poking" in the areas your doctor adjusts. Allow the body time to heal.
b. Avoid sudden twists or turn of movement beyond normal limits of motion, especially of the neck.
c. Avoid extreme bending of your spine in any direction; avoid reaching or other overhead work. Be particularly careful when brushing or shampooing your hair.
d. Participate in simple exercises to strengthen your body, but avoid jarring activities which place stress on your neck and spine.
When bathing, sit rather than recline in the tub. Laying your back against the tub may cause a vertebra to slip out of its normal position. If you are tired and wish to relax, it's better to be in bed.
a. Set aside a special time each day for complete mental and physical relaxation. This is important in the restoration, as well as maintenance, of normal health.
b. Be sure to get plenty of sleep to allow your body to recuperate and repair.
c. Sleep on your back or on your side with your legs flexed slightly, not drawn up tightly. Avoid sleeping on your stomach. Raise your head off the pillow when changing positions.
d. Do not sleep sitting in a chair or in a cramped quarters. Lie down in bed when it is time to sleep.