Help - Good Posture after ACDF Surgery
Hello all - I had a 2 level ACDF surgery (C5-C7) with hardware and donor bone on December 6th. I go for my 3 month follow-up xray and appt with NS on March 11th - hoping for signs of fusion and to get released to return to work. I went to PT for 8 weeks (3x per week) which was very helpful in just regaining strength but also in gaining tips for future care of my neck. I was advised by my fabulous PT guy that good posture is the most important aspect going forward! He said that poor posture puts pressure on the cervical disks and now after ACDF surgery there is increased pressure on the above and below disks so good posture is so much more important going forward. I can easily put note reminders on my computer but what I find so hard is when you are up and about standing and doing things I am not conscious of my posture until after I do something and have pain and realize maybe my posture was not so great. Does anyone out there have any magic insight on how to be conscious of good posture .. it should be easy especially after going thru this surgery but I have found it is not. Whether playing or doing things with my kids, getting dinner ready or out in a social environment standing and talking to people or at work - I find it is difficult to keep posture in the forefront of your mind so I thought I would put a post out there to talk about it and see if anyone else has any great tips on how to keep it conscious all the time... Thanks!