Advice after Treatment
To help with your recovery after a treatment it’s important to stick to the following recommendations. They help you get better faster and keep your body as good as it can be.
Download the full document with advice on sitting, standing and sleeping here.
Short on time? Read the most important points below.
- Always sit with your knees lower than your pelvis.
- Avoid sitting on soft, low sofas or chairs. If this is unavoidable, use a wedge or a folded towel to maintain the position of the knees being lower than the pelvis. Wedges are for sale in the practice.
- Avoid prolonged periods of sitting and ideally get up and move around every 30 minutes.
- Want to know even more about sitting? This video is very good.
- Always sleep with your head in a neutral position relative to whether you are positioned on your side or on your back (correct pillow height) and avoid sleeping on your stomach. Pillows that are adjustable in height are for sale in the practice.
- Check out this video to make sure your pillow is set up correctly.
- Avoid wearing orthotics in your footwear as these will change your body mechanics detrimentally and will prevent your recovery.
- Avoid footwear with pre-moulded arch supports built in, MBT or any rocker –type sole.
- If you like wearing sneakers, make sure to stick heel lifts made of firm material in the back of your shoes. This keeps your body upright and stable. You can buy heel lifts online if you Google a brand called Mysole. They are called ‘special heellift’. For sneakers you will most likely need the 8mm ones, in shoes that are lower and less soft 5mm should be enough.
- Flat-heeled footwear and heeled footwear are suitable for most people, however it is best to avoid wearing heels over 6 centimetres (2.5 inches) for prolonged periods of time.
- Want to know even more about standing? This video is very good.
- Do not use a foam roller across your spine as this will push bones forward and affect your recovery. Foam rollers are for use on muscle, not bone.
- Avoid exercises involving extension of the spine and squats below 90 degrees. This will maintain your structural alignment.
- Unfortunately yoga (as well as ballet and gymnastics) always creates problems. If you want to keep your body as good and upright as possible it’s best to avoid doing it.
Reactions after treatment
- After treatment you may experience some old symptoms, aches, pains and soreness as your body unwinds through its historical compensations.
- This also includes emotional release, sensitivity and/or agitation, for a short period of time after treatment.
- Using a cold pack as advised will often help reduce inflammation and soreness and aid you recovery. Never place a cold pack directly onto your skin – always use a tea towel or similar. This will prevent cold burn.
- Please read this page carefully – it will explain your journey to full recovery, and what you can expect along the way.