Spinal Do’s and Dont’s
SUGGESTIONS TO FOLLOW DURING SPINAL CARE AND LATER FOR PREVENTION
- Avoid rubbing, probing, or “poking” in the areas your doctor adjusts.
- Avoid sudden twists or turns of movement beyond normal limits of motion, especially of the neck.
- Avoid extreme bending of your spine in any direction. Avoid stretching, reaching, or other overhead work. Be particularly careful when brushing or shampooing your hair.
- Avoid bending or stooping sharply to pick up objects. Rather, bend your knees to minimise the strain on your lower back.
- When lifting, keep your back straight, bend your knees and let your legs bear the strain. Hold the object lifted as close to your body as possible.
- Participate in simple exercises to strengthen your body, but avoid jarring activities, which place stress on your neck and spine.
- Watch your posture at all times, stand tall, sit tall, sleep tall and THINK tall!
REST, RELAXATION AND SLEEP
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Be sure to get plenty of sleep to allow your body to recuperate and repair.
- 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, at the same time, soft enough so that your shoulders, buttocks, etc, will depress into the mattress.
- Your pillow should be neither too high nor too low. 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 arm rest.
- 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.
- 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 minimising the amount of strain on your back.
- Do not read or watch TV in bed with your head propped at a sharp or strained angle.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT ANY PHASE OF YOUR HEALTH CARE FEEL FREE TO ASK YOUR CHIROPRACTOR