As we move forward, here are 4 very important things to keep in mind to speed up your recovery:
- Never sleep on your stomach! It doesn’t support the natural curvature of the spine. Instead, this prone sleeping position fattens and stresses the spine. Stomach sleeping will only exacerbate existing neck pain and issues if you already have them.
- Maximize sitting posture/alignment. Sitting is the worse prolong position you can put your neck in, especially if your posture is poor. Only sit in a firm chair for 20-30 minutes without changing positions. Stay away from couches or sofas until your symptoms subside as they provide little support to your neck and promote poor posture. Get up and walk around or lay down for 5 minutes if your symptoms are severe every half hour or so to help reduce the pressure on your Whether you’re sitting or standing, focus on keeping your head positioned back so your ears line up with your shoulders (if you were looking at a side view of yourself). Setting up an ergonomically correct office space will be very beneficial now to help reduce the current neck irritation, as well as aligning the spine in an optimal sitting position to avoid possible recurrent issues in the future. Click here for assistance in this.
- Minimize Use of electronic devices: Hold your cell phone at eye level as much as possible while texting or viewing the internet. The same holds true for all screens—laptops, tablets, and televisions…all should be positioned so the screen is at eye level and you don’t have to bend your head forward or look down to view it.
- Be compliant with your treatment. Adhere to the recommended frequency and duration by your therapist and doctor to maximize your outcome! Perform your home exercise program as prescribed by your therapist and try to adopt better postural positions to minimize this condition from returning.
Should have any concerns or questions during your time with us, please do not hesitate to talk to your therapist, or reach out to the office manager or director, so we can ensure your completely satisfied with your experience and the care you receive.