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Patient compliance - Chiropractor in Centurion

Posted 10/28/2019

Patient compliance - Dr Gert Ferreira - Chiropractor in Pretoria

 

Sometimes this is a very uncomfortable topic. According to the Republic's constitution everyone has the right to health care, but there is also responsibility:

"To comply with the prescribed treatment or rehabilitation procedures."

Unfortunately as a local Chiropractor in Centurion, I can only do so much during the treatment session, and most of the time I will give "home work" to do at home, for contentious care. This is not to waste your time but to improve your health as soon as possible and to prevent unnecessary follow up procedures. In this article I will discuss the common home care prescribed by the local Chiropractor.

Most Chiropractors will advice on home care, and I am not the exception. I will discuss the common home care therapies:

 

Thermotherapy

This normally consists of either Ice or Heat. The ice can be, ice in a bag/towel, it can be something that has been frozen like, cold pack or even frozen foods. Heat therapy is traditionally a hot water bottle or a bean bag, hot showers and baths can also work. The treatment time is between 10-15 min each session, and normally I will prescribe that you apply either one of the two at least once a day but, 2-3 times a day will work great. Please note, do not burn yourself, this will leave nasty burn marks and will delay the recovery time, yes Ice can also burn.

 

Stretches

This might be a controversial topic for some academics, but when it comes to stretching and flexibility, you cant deny the results. Stretching should be part of our daily routine even if there is no pain present. There are a few basics that should be followed when stretching. 1) Don't bounce the stretch, 2) keep the stretch for 20-30 seconds, 3) perform on both sides, 4) it should not be painful, 5) perform stretch a couple of time daily.

 Common stretches - Dr Gert Ferreira - Chiropractor in CenturionCommon stretches - Dr Gert Ferreira - Chiropractor in Centurion

Posture

Posture is one of the best ways to combat pain and to prevent pain from coming back. Remember to stand every 45min. Most of the smart watches will vibrate or notify when it is time to stand up, otherwise set an alarm. The following picture will describe how to set up your work station.

Posture - how to set up work station - Chiropractor in CenturionPosture - how to set up work station - Chiropractor in Centurion

Rest

 For most sports people this is the most difficult. As a sportsman myself I know how frustrating it is not to do sport or to train. Sometimes this is the best way to recover. Rather rest a couple of days than to re-injure yourself and that can set you back for the rest of the season or longer than expected.

 

For any further questions please contact me:

082 803 1949

012 663 1572

dr.gertferreira@gmail.com

 

Regards

Dr Gert Ferreira

chiropractor in Centurion