Visiting the chiropractor could do wonders for your health. It’s important to realize, however, that even if you’re visiting your chiropractor several times each week, they’re only in charge of your health for a few moments of every day. That means it’s up to you to take charge both directly after and in between chiropractic adjustments.
At Posture Works, we believe making a few simple lifestyle changes – like exercising your back and improving your posture – can go a long way toward improving the efficacy of chiropractic adjustments for San Francisco, CA patients.
Following your chiropractor’s recommendation for diet, exercise, and lifestyle changes allows you to make the most of your investment in chiropractic care. There are several things you can also do directly following a chiropractic adjustment to increase its effects. While every post-treatment recommendation will vary among practitioners and depend on your adjustment, there are a few universal tips you can bank on:
Drink lots of water
While it may not seem like it, receiving an adjustment is a bit of a workout in its own right. There’s a good chance your heart rate was elevated and you found yourself getting a little sweaty! That’s a normal response to chiropractic care. You should, however, drink plenty of water once your adjustment is complete. Rehydrating improves muscle recovery by resupplying electrolytes to facilitate healing.
After your central nervous system has been on the receiving end of a major realignment, you should take the time to rest up. Don’t schedule your chiropractic appointment right before going into work or picking the kids up from school. Instead, you should take the time immediately after your adjustment to go home and rest in a calming, relaxing environment.
Follow recommended exercises
Always follow the exercises your chiropractor recommended to you during your session. These are specialized workouts designed to help you improve strength in vulnerable areas of your body. These exercises are essential to the efficacy of the treatment that you’ve just invested time and money in. It’s advisable to follow them as closely as possible.
Pay attention to your body
Finally, pay close attention to your body. What is it trying to tell you in the hours after your adjustment? Note your muscle sensations and energy levels. If anything seems amiss, don’t hesitate to reach out to your chiropractor. There’s a strong likelihood what you’re experiencing is a totally normal response to chiropractic care. That said, it never hurts to double-check!
Everyone’s body will respond differently to an adjustment. Make sure you’re supporting yours after you leave the chiropractor’s office by taking time to let the adjustments set. Trying to do too much too fast could leave you right back where you started: In pain or feeling “off.”
Posture Works strives to educate our Denver, CO and San Francisco, CA patients just as much as we adjust them! Using Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP), we aim to provide you with specific information and treatments designed to support your unique spine’s health.To learn more about ways we can help you maximize your investment in chiropractic care and start living a healthier, more fulfilling lifestyle, reach out to schedule an appointment today.
Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.