Attending for care is only a part of your healing from injury and journey back to full health. There are many useful things you can do at home to aid your recovery and get the most out of care.
Listen to your body
During your appointment time turn your awareness internally to your body. Let go of the outside pressures. Listen to your body and let go of thoughts of home, work and any stresses in your life. If you find this difficult to do, focus on your breathing. Pay attention to whether or not your chest or belly expands as you breathe deeply. I will usually pick up if you are not fully letting go and finding it difficult to relax and I will support you on building that connection. However I feel it is important to state this point as building awareness of your own state and your body is important in your mind-body connection and long term recovery.
After your appointment, take a short walk of about 10 minutes. Avoid sitting down straight away. Allow your body to adjust to the positive changes that have just been made. Continue deep purposeful breaths during this post-care phase to maximise benefits.
Following treatment be gentle with yourself that day. Rushing back into a stressful office or home environment will build up tension again. It may not be possible to avoid these things completely. However, try to choose which activities are absolutely necessary and others that can perhaps wait.
Drink lots of water on the day of treatment.
Avoid stimulants such as alcohol, coffee or tobacco on the day of treatment.
If possible, head to bed that little bit earlier on the day of treatment too. Sleep is your body’s time to process the day’s activities and repair to be ready for the next day.
There are many different kinds of people that attend Natural Back Health, all with varying issues and varying lifestyles. So it is also important to acknowledge what you want to get from care. What your short term and long term goals are. And whether or not you are committed to the actions needed to progress through that plan of care and reach the end goal, whatever that may be.
There is no one-size-fits-all in care. I work with you to build a plan of care that gives you clear direction and is unique to your life.
If you are suffering with back pain, shoulder pain, or are needing help recovering from injury, hands-on gentle care with me make be suitable for you. I will support your recovery and allowing you to live a happier, healthier life.
I have a whole health and body philosophy to my treatments. My plan of care generally includes tailored advice on stress management, nutrition, exercise, sleep and in-house gentle, safe manual therapy.
If you have any further questions regarding this topic please do not hesitate to contact the clinic. Call today to arrange your first visit!
Hopefully you find the general information in this blog informative and helpful, however it is not intended to replace medical advice and should not be used as such.