Twenty Suggestions To Follow
During Spinal Correction
- DO ice down the adjusted area, per Doctor's recommendation.
- DO be sure to get plenty of sleep to allow your body to recuperate and repair.
- DO sleep on your back or on your side with your legs flexed slightly, not drawn up tightly. Avoid sleeping on your stomach.
- DO sleep on a firm mattress, preferably one that is neither too soft nor too hard- but just firm enough to hold your body level while at the same time soft enough so that your shoulders, buttocks, etc., will depress into the mattress. If you sleep on your back, we recommend placing two pillows below your knees. If you sleep on your side, place a pillow between your legs.
- DO rise from your bed by turning on your side and swinging your legs off the bed, then push yourself into a sitting position with your arms, thus minimizing the amount of strain on your back.
- DO participate in simple exercises to strenghten your body- but avoid jarring activities that place stress on your neck and spine.
- DO cross your legs ONLY at the ankles, not at the knees. Crossing your legs at the knees could aggravate an existing back condition as well as interfere with the circulation to the lower limbs.
- DO 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.
- DO watch your posture at all times- stand tall, sit tall, shoulders back, and THINK tall!
- Do NOT rub, probe, snap, or poke area of adjusment.
- Do NOT read or watch TV in bed, particularly with your head propped at a sharp or strained angle.
- Do NOT sleep sitting in chair or in cramped quarters. Lie down in bed when it is time to sleep.
- Avoid extreme bending of your spine in any direction.
- Avoid stretching, reaching, or other overhead work.
- Avoid sudden twists or turns of movement beyond normal limit of motion, especially the neck.
- When lifting, keep your back straight, bend your knees to minimize the strain on your back.
- When bathing, sit rather than recline in the tub. Lying back against the tub may cause a vertebrae to slip out of its normal position. If you are tired and wish to relax, it's better to lie in bed.
- When sitting, choose a chair that has adequate firmness to hold your weight comfortably, and then sit straight. Avoid too soft, overstuffed chairs. Recliner chairs are acceptable if they are constructed so that when you are reclining, your back is in a normal, straight position.
- When sleeping, your pillow should be neither too high nor too low. The ideal pillow is one that 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.
- Discuss any prescriptions with your Chiropractor before treatment. By their very intent, various forms of Rx treatments may interfere with the functioning of the nervous system and are often incompatible with maximizing the benefits of chiropractic adjustments. This may include pain-reducing drugs, muscle relaxers, anti-inflamatory compounds and mood altering medications.