Care after treatment

If in acute pain or following an adjustment, it is always best to ice your back for 5-10 minutes, followed by a short 10 minute walk. Leave the ice off for at least 20-30 minutes.  This process should be repeated every hour or two.

Ice is important to reduce the inflammation at the disc or spinal joint that has been inflamed. Heat in this instance can actually exacerbate the swelling, so it is important not to put heat onto the affected joint to avoid making the swelling worse.

Walking, in affect, helps pump the fluid out of the disc, which therefore also helps reduce the swelling that has built up in the disc.

Ice or Heat?

In general, ice should always be used on inflamed or swollen joints (like in an injury).  Heat is good to relax muscle but should never be put onto inflamed joints.  Heat may feel better initially, but have an undesireable affect with inflamed or injured joints.  When ice is used, it should only be for up to 10 minutes at a time only.  This is because ice will cause our blood vessels to vaso-constrict, at the 12 minute point the body thinks it's too cold and then vaso-dilates again, therefore creating heat at the injured area.  

Pregnancy and Chiropractic

Phone number

(03) 9568 0155

Where to find us

1681 Dandenong Rd Oakleigh East VIC 3166


Consulting hours

Monday: 8.45 am - 7 pm

Tuesday: 9 am - 6 pm

Wednesday: 8 am - 7 pm

Thursday: 8.45 am - 7 pm

Friday: 9 am - 6 pm

Saturday: 9 am - 11.30 am