Top 5 FAQ From My Chiropractic Patients
(and most common answers)
1. What position should I be sleeping in and what kind of pillow should I use?
- On your back is the best
- Side sleeping is ok, but you should have a pillow between your knees
- Stomach sleeping is always a NO!
- The best pillow will cradle your neck and head when on your back, supporting the curve of the neck and has raised sides to keep the spine neutral when side sleeping (buy in our office)
- If you don’t use a cervical support pillow, you should be concerned with the size of the pillow. A pillow too large or using more than one, will put your neck into too much flexion when on your back and will tilt your neck too far up when on your side. Usually, the smaller the better.
2. What is the best way to sit at my desk?
- Feet flat on the floor
- Thighs at or slightly below 90 degrees
- Back rest at 90 degrees
- Use a lumbar support (I’ve not had a patient yet that couldn’t benefit from one)
- Keep computer monitor at eye level (this has to be precise, you shouldn’t tilt your neck down at all)
- Have mouse and keyboard at or below the angle of which your forearm is at 90 degrees
3. What exercises should I avoid at the gym?
- The back extension machine
- The ab flexion machine
- Traditional crunches
- Heavy upright rows
- Shrugs (accompanied with neck or upper back pain)
4. What is the best way to prevent sickness/flu/cold, etc?
- Chiropractic adjustments
- Vitamin D (unless you are getting adequate amounts from the sun, most people don’t)
- Wash your hands
- Eat real food
- Avoid sugar
- Colloidal silver at the onset of symptoms
- Essential oils
5. Why would a baby/child need an adjustment or other chiropractic treatment?
- The birth process is a very physically demanding process
- The typical birthing process can place 60-90 lbs of force on the infant’s head and neck
- Children will fall an average of 1,500 times in the first 2 years of life
- My experience with children who get adjusted often nurse better, are more comfortable, have regular bowel movements, sleep better, and have a stronger immune system