Protecting Your Adjustment

Now that you have initiated Upper Cervical chiropractic care, here are some helpful hints. Protecting your adjustment and
understanding how to maintain it will speed your recovery, saving you time and money. Obviously how much care you receive is always up to you. Following your chiropractor’s recommendations, however, ensures the best results. Here are a few suggestions that will start you on your way:

    • Follow the schedule of appointments that we have set up for you. There is no substitute for carefully timed chiropractic adjustments.
    • Avoid physical and mental stress before and after each adjustment. The more relaxed you are the better your adjustment will hold.
    • Follow faithfully all “home care” instructions for your condition. These may include such things as hot or cold packs, exercise, lifting instructions, etc.
    • Sleep on your back or on your side, never on your stomach. Ideally, you should have your neck supported while you sleep so your head is in a neutral position. To lessen the stress on your lower back, place a pillow under your knees (whilst on your back) or between your knees (whilst on your side).
    • Sit straight while in a chair, making sure that the lower back is supported. Do not cross your legs except at your ankles.
    • Lift properly. Bend at the knees whilst keeping the back straight.
    • If any body motion causes discomfort, avoid it.
    • Please don’t try to be your own doctor! Self-administered remedies may do more harm than good.

    • Don’t be in a hurry. Ligaments and muscles must have time to re-train themselves to
      support the re-aligned vertebrae. This is a natural process that can’t be rushed.
    • Please feel free to ask any questions that you have about your health or wellness. We are here to help you understand the best way to take care of your spinal condition.
    • If there is a change in your condition, for better or worse, tell us.
    • The use of caffeine, nicotine, or alcohol should be avoided just prior to an office visit. These substances can alter nerve and muscle activity.

    • Tell others! There are many people with the same problem as you.