Few things are more frustrating than dealing with a bad back. Unfortunately, I found myself in that situation a few months back after I sprained my back lifting my baby. It was absolutely debilitating, but I knew that I was going to have to live with it. I kept trying to clean my house, look after my kids, and handle my daily chores, but the pain just kept getting worse. Fortunately, a friend of mine recommended a great chiropractor that could help. He adjusted my back and things started to get better. This blog is all about the benefits of working with a professional.
When you're looking for a way to get through your back or neck pain, that relief can often come in the form of a chiropractic adjustment. Visiting this health professional for an assessment to determine the cause of your discomfort, followed by a series of adjustments over the course of several appointments, can have you feeling good. It's important to give your body ample time to heal following an adjustment; after all, it's just gone through a major change. You chiropractor will recommend specific after-care choices based on your body, but here are three useful things to do after you've been to the chiropractor.
Get Some Rest
Even if you don't feel tired, your body will benefit from relaxing and allowing some recuperation time. Given that you might be experiencing a little muscle soreness if the adjustment was significant, resting can prevent further strain. Try to lie down in a position that's healthy for your back; skip the urge to rest on your front and, instead, opt for lying on your back or side. In these two positions, placing a pillow under your knees and between your knees, respectively, can provide support for your back and prevent it from being pulled into an unnatural position that risks negating your chiropractic adjustment.
Try A Little Exercise
Many chiropractic patients can benefit from some mild exercise in the hours following an adjustment. The activity you choose should be gentle and free of twisting movements that can aggravate your back. Generally, a moderate-paced walk is ideal. This type of activity will elevate your heart rate to promote increased circulation, which contributes to the body's healing process. While walking, aim to use the correct posture. Your body should be upright with your major muscle groups working concurrently. Avoid allowing your shoulders and head to slouch forward, as doing so can put a strain on your back muscles.
Stay Away From Stress
While it's impossible to know exactly when a stressful moment will occur, avoiding stress in the hours after your chiropractic adjustment is ideal. Stress causes a number of physical reactions, such as muscle tightness and decreased blood flow, which can be detrimental to your back health. Avoiding stress means thinking ahead -- you could schedule your adjustment at the end of the workday to avoid having to return to work or ensure that you're visiting a chiropractor near your home so you won't be stuck in traffic for a long time afterward.Share
29 November 2015