How Much Does Posture Affect Healing Following Oral Surgery?
Posted on 10/25/2019 by Woodland Hills OMS
If you have oral surgery and want to have an uneventful recovery period, you need to do several things. You need to follow a good diet and you need to find ways to manage the pain and swelling that accompany oral surgery.
The good thing is there are many ways to accomplish this. One that is not always obvious is your posture. It is something that can provide more help than you may realize.
A Common Post-Operative Problem
After oral surgery, there are many things that may happen to you. It is normal to have to deal with a variety of symptoms and there are things you can do to minimize the effects of oral surgery on your body. When it comes to symptoms after the oral surgery, there is one that most people will deal with. That symptom is pain.
It is normal to experience some pain after oral surgery. The surgery is actually trauma to the body and pain is the body's reaction to pain. There are plenty of ways to manage the pain. Most people can do a few things to make sure that the pain they have after oral surgery does not have a negative impact on them.
Posture and Pain
When talking about managing pain, most people think that involves taking a bunch of medications. While they are effective there is something else that you can do to minimize the pain. This includes doing things to improve your posture while you are awake and especially when you sleep.
The best sleeping position is with your head raised at a 45-degree angle. This helps improve the flow of blood in the head. If you lie flat, more blood will flow towards the site of the wound and that can cause it to throb and to become more painful. You also need to make sure you get plenty of sleep following oral surgery. Sleeping at an angle can also reduce swelling.
Posture when you are awake also matters. You need to keep your head straight and avoid any sudden movements. Some people will tilt their heads towards the side where the surgery was. This can cause pain in the neck and other parts of the body. To learn what you need after oral surgery, contact us and schedule an appointment to talk to one of our dental professionals.