Dr. Hamrick's Tips
Dr. Hamrick recommends these tips for taking good care of your back...
The spine is the central support structure of the body. You must respect this structure so that it will give you strong, flexible service for the duration of your life. The spine also carries the neurological lifeline from the brain to all of the other parts of your body. The functional health of your body depends on the flow of an unrestricted nervous system. When your spine suffers, your overall health is affected and can suffer too.
Always stand and sit in as errect a position as you possibly can, shoulders, back, and head directly over your spine.
Do not sit with your legs crossed except for at the ankles.
When you lift, try to bend at the knees and not from your back. Keep your back straight at all times and hold the weight close to your body. When lifting children the same rules apply, bend at the knees and keep their weight close to your body.
You need a good matress with no lumps or sags. We spend one third of our lives in bed!
Never sleep on your stomach. Sleep on your back or side. When on your back, lie flat with a pillow under your neck and head and a pillow under your knees. Do not sleep with more than one pillow under your head. Your neck should not be pushed up so that your chin moves toward your chest. Your pillow should support your neck according to its natural curve, allowing your head to rest in a neutral position. When on your side, support the head and neck so that your spine will remain in a straight line as you are viewed from the front. Your legs should be at a 30-45 degree angle and not drawn up close to your chest. You may feel more comfortable with a pillow between your knees to keep your pelvis from being tilted.
Do not use a regular foam pillow. A shaped or contoured cervical pillow or a feather pillow is best.
Do not rest on a couch with your head propped up on the arm rest.
No reading in bed; neither propped on your elbows or lying flat.
In ordinary cases, do not do any excessive lifting for the first four weeks of your care.
Dr. Hamrick may have additional recommendations based on your individual care plan. It is very important that you follow the guidelines given to you to support your health and well-being!