Despite the huge relief you feel in knowing that you won’t have to suffer from so much pain anymore, you may still find it frustrating to not be able to do your day-to-day tasks right away after a back surgery. Speed up the healing process, post-surgery, by doing the following:
Prioritize getting good sleep
Sleep is a key part of the healing process. But you need to follow proper sleep positions to protect the spine. If you sleep on your back, put a pillow under your head and knees. If you’re a side sleeper, place one under your head and another between your knees. When you get out of bed, do a “log roll.” Bend your knees, roll to the side, then push yourself up with your arms. Also, take daily naps before lunch or dinner. They help your body heal. Source: WebMD
Take a walk
Individuals recovering from surgery are prone to put on excess weight because they are often limited in their mobility (and therefore their ability to burn calories), especially in the first 2 to 3 weeks after surgery. In my opinion, walking after lower back surgery is the single most important exercise you can do to burn calories. In addition, it will also help restore muscle tone to the muscles along your spine, and will help your body recover from the local inflammation caused by your surgical procedure.
As soon as you are able, take increasingly longer walks 4 to 5 times each day. The trick is to start slow and build your way up slowly but steadily. Source: Spine-Health
Eat healthy foods
Your diet will of course become the fuel your body needs to heal, and getting the right nutrients will ensure minimal recovery time. UnityPoint.org says you should try to eat certain foods, even if your stomach is telling you otherwise.
Foods that aid in combating fatigue as well as wound healing include protein (chicken and eggs), Vitamin C (fruit), B12 and iron (fish and eggs), as well as fiber and probiotics (yogurt with granola). Try to avoid overly sugary foods, as this can cause more fatigue due to sudden changes in blood sugar levels. Source: ActiveBeat
Having a chiropractor assist you all throughout your recovery will have you up and running in no time. Feel free to call us today!
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