The Best Actions To Take After Your Chiropractic Adjustment
Published : January 10, 2023
What are you supposed to do after a chiropractic adjustment?
Most people walk out after an adjustment feeling a few inches taller and much more ‘loose’ and relaxed. What can happen, however, is we often fall back into our old habits; into the habits that caused the issue we were seeking help from the chiropractor for in the first place. So how can we limit the old habits to speed up the healing process and allow for optimal results from chiropractic care?
Let’s dive into a few things you can do after your adjustment to maximise your function.
It sounds obvious, and it definitely is, but drinking water following your adjustment can genuinely have profound effects.
How long do you think a human can survive without drinking water for? The answer, is 3 days. In fact, all living things require water.
Obviously, we’re all aware that we need water. And even if we don’t know the reason why we need water, the body definitely does. It tells us to drink by creating a feeling of thirst. The body needs water.
Drinking water after an adjustment can help with the removal of waste, protect your spine and joints, and help carry important nutrients throughout your body to allow for optimal recovery. Put simply, water is a must.
Walking straight after adjustment only allows the body and spine to move more. If we sit down immediately after an adjustment for an extended period of time, there is no movement of the spine. In general, movement is important for mobility and function, but in this case, movement helps free up the joints, promotes blood flow throughout the body, allowing for further benefits with recovery.
Refrain from old postural habits
Quite often, the reason most people begin to develop their condition/issue and need to see a chiropractor in the first place is because of their posture, whether it’s while sitting, standing, or walking. Now more than ever, we optimise our position/posture for avoiding discomfort or exertion of our postural muscles, but doing so will only cause issues.
Hunched over, head forward, low back excessively curved, postural imbalances with the muscles – these are all ways we are used to sitting/standing. Instead, if we focus on maintaining good posture and developing the habit to do so, our bodies will be under less tension which will both complement the adjustment and help prevent such an issue from reoccurring.
A great way to remind yourself to switch to good posture, is by putting a sticky note saying ‘posture’ on it close to your work desk or wherever you spend most of your time. This simple reminder will eventually cause you to build a strong habit, and will become a natural response.
Stand and sit evenly
Relating to the previous point, standing and sitting evenly will help maintain the adjustment for a longer time. When we cross our legs while sitting or put our weight on one leg while standing, although it is difficult not to, we are essentially altering the rhythm and stabilisation of our spine. Rather, if we stand/sit evenly, our spine doesn’t have to distort or compensate, causing a reduction in stress on the spine and body; the spine is balanced.
To find out more on this topic, check out our post HERE, where we run through ‘The Three Legged Stool’ – to maximise our value from chiropractic.
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