Fort Wayne Chiropractic Instructions for At-Home CareFrom making the first chiropractic appointment to finding pain relief, you are central to the process. You will find that if you engage to the fullest in your care, you will learn to obstain from pain-producing situations, find that you advance much quicker, and stay pain-free. Many factors aid in your healing process and ongoing pain-free quality of life: Making all the in-office appointments as recommended Understanding fully your spinal pain symptoms Abiding by the suggestions for its relief Conforming your activities of daily living including your job, if necessary Considering limitations that your spinal condition may inflict Suggestions for your at-home chiropractic care may include exercise, hot/cold therapy, massage, nutrition as well as use of good posture and movement skills. You will realize that you do have control over your symptom even though there may not be an antidote for the condition. You are fundamental to your care. You can regain the quality of life you want and deserve. Some tips for at-home care: Apply ice, heat or a combination of the two. Rest your back or neck, but don't stay in bed. Return to walking as quickly as possible and then to your activities of daily living. It is best not to linger. Avoid activities and postures that may aggravate your pain. Start basic exercises to stretch your spine and regain range of motion. As you improve, start spine strengthening exercises. Learn how to bend, lift and twist properly so as to not aggravate your pain. Use your legs, not your back. Use good posture. Consider quality nutritional supplements. Wear a support belt. Sleep in a supportive bed, and sit in a supportive chair. Use foot orthotics or heel lifts as recommended. Have someone help you with massage and/or trigger point therapy. "This information and website content is not intended to diagnose, guarantee results, or recommend specific treatment or activity. It is designed to educate and inform only. Please consult your physician for a thorough examination leading to a diagnosis and well-planned treatment strategy. See more details on the DISCLAIMER page. Content is reviewed by Dr. James M. Cox I."