Good Health Practices for Spinal Care in Cheyenne, WY

 
Even though doctors Kyle and Savannah Lorenz have slightly different processes, Northview Chiropractic will need a completed medical history new patient paperwork from each individual.

Afterward, one of our fine doctors will consult with you about your health concerns and medical history

We will perform a physical examination which can include orthopedic, reflex, muscle, and specific chiropractic testing. We may also take X-rays on site to determine a diagnosis, and will discuss the results during your next visit.
 
Man having chiropractic back adjustment close up — Chiropractic Care Cheyenne, WY
 
Treatment in the form of an adjustment or physical therapy will begin based on the doctor's findings. Don't worry, adjustments are pain free though you could feel minor discomfort until joint pressure is relieved
 
Physiotherapist giving knee therapy to a woman — Chiropractic Care Cheyenne, WY
 

Wellness Tips

The incorrect execution of daily motions can result in injury to the spine. These following tips will help you avoid pain and inconvenience as well as keep you feeling tip top.
 
 

Sitting

 
  • Use a chair that is firm enough for comfortable support, and don't slouch!
  • Keep your feet flat on the floor or footstool so that your knees are slightly higher than your hips.
 
  • Sit firmly to the back of the chair.
  • Reclining chairs don't bend like we do; use a rocking chair instead.
 
  • Don't crossing your legs at the knees. This can aggravate existing back issues and interfere with circulation.
 

Standing

 
  • Stand with your head level. If you must stand in one place for an extended time, put one foot on a 4- to 6-inch stool in order to keep pressure off your spine.
 
  • If you're going to be standing for a while, avoid high heels.
 
 

Working at a Desk

 
  • Stretch frequently if you sit for a long time.
  • Sit with your knees at a 90- to 120-degree angle. An angled footrest can help you feel more comfortable.
 
  • Make sure your chair is right for you. There should be two inches between the front of the seat and the back of your knees.
  • Use a chair that can tilt backward so you can rest while you're reading on a computer screen.
 
  • Elevate or prop up things on your desk to avoid neck fatigue.
 
 

Lifting

  • Avoid twisting and turning when you lift. If you have to turn, step in the direction of the turn, don't twist at the waist.
  • Always bend at the knee, not the waist, when lifting anything heavier than 10 percent of your weight.
  • When lifting, keep your feet 12- to 18- inches apart, kneel or squat in front of the object, and lift as you stand up. Be sure to lift with the big muscles in your arms, legs and shoulders, never with your back.
  • In certain situations, it's difficult to lift properly. Getting grocery bags from your vehicle is a prime example because the bumper won't allow you to bend your knees. Try bringing the bag to you first and then lifting carefully.
  • When lifting repetitively, use good form, take frequent breaks, and use equipment to help when possible.
  • Make sure your walking path is clear so you don't trip and fall.

Physical Activity / Household Chores

  • Properly warm up before and cool down after any physical activity.
  • While using hand-held yard equipment, make sure the machine has a strap. Put the strap over your head and shoulder on the opposite side of your body from the machine and alternate the machine from either side of your body often. Electrically powered machines are lighter than gas powered, use those when possible.
  • When washing dishes, open the cabinet beneath the sink and put your foot on the shelf under the sink with your knee bent. You should also lean against the counter for support.
  • Put one foot on a stool when ironing.
  • When vacuuming, put all your weight on one foot while stepping back and forth with the opposite foot as you push the vacuum. Use your back foot to pivot when turning.

Using the Telephone

  • Avoid cradling the device between your neck and shoulder. Hold the phone with your hand or use the speaker function
  • Use a lightweight headset if you have to use the phone constantly.
  • Frequently switch hands.

Resting/Sleeping

  • Don't use the arm of a couch as a pillow or watch TV in bed while only supported by pillows; this strains your neck.
  • Avoid soft mattresses and sofas.
  • Don't sleep in a chair or in small spaces.
  • Sleep on your side with knees bent or on your back with a pillow beneath your knees.
  • Don't sleep on your stomach.
  • Use a pillow to support your head so that your neck and vertebrae are level with your spine.
  • Avoid sleeping with two pillows. One is just fine.
  • Get plenty of sleep every day to allow your body to recuperate.