Day: November 25, 2017

November 25, 2017

How to Get the Most Out of Your KKT Treatment!

Five essential tips for a better and faster recovery with the KKT treatment.

Back, neck and shoulder pain are often caused by a variety of conditions that characterise with a certain degree of spinal misalignment. If your spine is not aligned, it may compress your nerves, create pressure on the intervertebral discs and add stress on the muscles and ligaments. KKT relieves the stress and strain on your spine by improving spinal re-positioning of the back, shoulders, and pelvis, at the same time enhancing the health of spinal discs, ligaments, and muscles.

When you are undergoing treatment for chronic back, neck, shoulder pain and injury with advanced technology like KKT, what you do outside your treatment is just as important as following the appointments. Committing to a healthy lifestyle outside your KKT appointments will help you get the most out of your KKT treatment.

Here are the essentials to help you achieve a highly balanced state:

Keeping an Open and Continuous Communication with Your KKT Doctor

One of the best parts of the KKT treatment is having a doctor who is invested in your healing inside and outside the clinic. The foundation of the KKT treatment is a reliable doctor-patient relationship, with your KKT physician giving you guidance for a successful recovery. When you commence your KKT, you will work with your doctor on making sure you are establishing healthy habits to help you heal every day.

Compliance to the treatment plan is key. The most important part of a proper recovery is following your KKT visit schedule, and by doing that, you are helping your physician to form your personalized clinical evaluation and get a better insight on your recovery progress.

Also, research shows that continuous care with KKT enables you to stay healthy, improves flexibility and spine strength.

During the treatment process, make sure to ask questions, provide all the necessary answers to the questions of your doctor, and update on any improvements or harmful habits that might slow your recovery. It is essential to keep a positive mindset throughout the healing process and take full advantage of the support of the KKT community.

FACT: Studies show that a positive mental outlook will benefit your healing process.

Proper Rest Helps Your Body to Heal Faster

Getting quality rest is essential in helping your body heal, improves your memory, mood and motivation. Your body needs 7 to 8 hours of quality rest each night to ensure it is in its peak condition. Sleep is essential for your body because when you sleep, the brain activates the release of hormones that encourage tissue growth, which is especially important if you are recovering from an injury. During the first six weeks of KKT treatment or 36 hours after the start if KKT maintenance sessions, your body needs rest and mental relaxation.

Aim to maintain a consistent sleep schedule by going to bed and waking up at the same time each day. We all know that getting on a regular sleep schedule can be challenging. To achieve this goal:

  • Limit screen time on your phone and television after 8 pm, and keep your electrical objects and power supplies at a safe distance from your bed (1.5 meters away).
  • Avoid caffeine consumption at least six hours before bedtime.
  • Keep your room dark.
  • Limit the use of alcohol and sugary food and drinks before bedtime.
  • Have a short nap after lunch to keep yourself energized (the nap can be as short as 5 minutes, but no longer than 45 minutes because it may disrupt your sleep cycle).

TIP: Quality sleep helps you maintain a robust immune system. A study showed that people who slept at least 8 hours a night were three times less likely to have a cold than those who slept fewer hours. The best sleeping position for optimal spinal health is on your back. Support your neck and head with a small, preferably cylindrical pillow to keep your body aligned.

Don’t Push Your Body with an Extreme Exercise Routine

If you had a regular exercise routine before commencing KKT treatment, talk to your KKT doctor about the best ways to approach exercising once you start the 4 phases of KKT treatment. Your KKT doctor may recommend reducing the intensity of your existing exercise regime for 20% to prevent any possible disturbances to healing. Any extreme exercise in the first six weeks of your KKT treatment plan or 36 hours after a KKT treatment session should be avoided.

As part of your treatment plan, you may also be provided with a series of specific exercises to help strengthen your body once it is physically stable. In conjunction with these stretches, regular walks will keep your body’s circulation moving to aid in recovery and healing. Make sure to avoid sudden movements that will severely impact and put pressure on your body and joints. Here is what to pay attention to:

  • Include exercises that improve your balance and symmetry.
  • Incorporate regular walks into your routine. Short walks are an easy activity that is important for recovery, building strength and maintain muscle tone. Try not to force yourself but gradually increase the distance each day.
  • Regular stretching exercises, especially after long hours of sitting.
Work on Improving Your Posture

Good posture is essential to reducing back and neck pain and preventing further spine damage. When you are not holding your body strong and tall, you are adding strain to the muscles and putting stress on the spine. As you age, poor posture may cause a change in the anatomical characteristics of your spine, which leads to nerve and blood vessel compression, problems with your discs and joints, headaches, fatigue, and may even affect your major organs. Having a good posture is especially important if your work requires long hours of sitting or standing, as the pressure on the spine is more significant if you are in the same position for hours. Studies show that good posture links to positive emotions, improved self-confidence, and cognition function. Improving your posture is crucial for quicker results with the KKT treatment, as the therapy restores the vertebrae to the normal position and helps to maintain equal pressure on all sides of the disc. So, regardless what you are doing throughout the day, keep each part of your body aligned, and adjust smoothly from one posture to other.

Maintain a Healthy Diet

Making healthier changes in your diet will help your body heal its nerves, muscles, and other soft tissues. Eating a diet rich in whole foods, limiting processed food and drinks, and limiting your intake of alcohol, caffeine, and processed sugar will give your body the vitamins and nutrients it needs to continue recovering outside your KKT treatments. Including foods rich in magnesium, calcium, and vitamins found in leafy vegetables and different types of fruits make your bones stronger, and are vital for running the regenerative processes in your body. Here are some tips to help you achieve a healthier body:

  • Drink at least 2 litres of water a day; avoid carbonated drinks and juices, and lower your daily caffeine intake. Drinking freshly made juices is a great way to consume your daily dose of vitamins and minerals;
  • At least 50% of your meals should comprise of fresh fruit and vegetables;
  • Consume whole grains and complex carbohydrates like whole wheat pasta, multigrain bread, brown rice, quinoa, and sweet potato;
  • Include supplements with your daily meals;
  • Proteins are one of the most critical aspects of your recovery diet. Often overlooked to minerals and vitamins, proteins give you the energy to perform your daily activities and keep your entire body functioning.

Following the steps above will help you get the most out of your KKT treatment and ensure your body is in the best condition possible for recovery. For more information on how unhealthy food affects your back pain and the process of healing, click here.

Give it Enough Time

When you start with the KKT treatment, you have your hopes and expectations for a quick recovery. But, it’s important to remember that the spine and the nerve system is an exceptionally complex area of your body. The condition you are suffering from probably took years to develop and may also be caused by severe trauma. If you have undergone surgery or experienced pain for a long time, give your body enough time to heal. KKT treatment will help you feel better from the first couple of treatments, but the full effect will be felt once you finish the required sessions. Age, also plays a role in this process of recovery, so it is important to keep in mind that the older you are, the slower your recovery might be.

Rely on Family and Friends for an Easier Recovery

When you start KKT treatment and notice some improvement, don’t jump into your old, harmful habits, but continue living a healthier lifestyle to prevent the negative effects of chronic back pain. For example, if you need to lift something heavy, and you are not allowed to do so, ask someone else to do it for you. In case your job requires some heavy lifting, follow the protocol: do not bend forward, turn or twist your body while lifting or holding a heavy object; bend your knees and form a squat down to the object and keep the object close to your body; keep a good posture while lifting. It takes only one mistake to harm your spine, reverse the results you’ve achieved with the KKT treatment and slow down the recovery process.

If you are on pain medications, never drive yourself, instead ask someone to drive you. It is important to have a reliable group of friends and family to help you manage other tasks that you are otherwise not allowed to do. The best way to do this is to have a prearranged schedule where different people help you with your daily tasks. Let your loved ones be there for you through the healing process, you will experience the benefit of forming a stronger family bond.

KKT’s state-of-the-art technology is designed to return your body to its peak state through a comprehensive treatment and post-treatment plan. If followed consistently, KKT’s treatment is often more effective and less invasive than other invasive treatments which often don’t treat the underlying cause of your pain.

If you are concerned about the symptoms or physical pain you are experiencing, a comprehensive diagnostic assessment by a KKT physician will determine if you require treatment. Click here to find your nearest KKT clinic and book an appointment.

Posted in Post-Treatment by KKT Team