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.
The care of a chiropractor can help to relieve pain from a long list of ailments include a sore neck or back and even chronic headaches. After your initial consultation and assessment with your chiropractor, you'll often go through a treatment plan that includes a series of adjustments over the course of several weeks. Although your chiropractic adjustment isn't likely to be painful, there's a chance that you'll experience some muscle soreness in the hours that follow. You can effectively manage this soreness, as well as improve your body's ability to heal, by following three steps.
Apply Ice In Short Intervals
Placing an ice pack wrapped in a towel is an effective way to soothe your sore muscles in the hours after your chiropractic adjustment. This simple process helps to relax your muscles while also helping any swelling subside quickly. It's best to keep the application of the ice to a maximum of about 10 minutes. This short period will provide the healing benefits of the ice without irritating your skin or even causing mild frostbite. There's no harm in repeated applications of ice for 10 minutes at a time, provided you give your body enough time to warm up between applications.
Try Some Mild Exercise Later In The Day
Exercise is a valuable way to relieve pain. Not only does it pump more nutrients through your body, but it also can work your muscles to relieve any lingering soreness. It's always best to stick to mild exercise to avoid pushing your body too hard. Many people find that a moderate-intensity form of cardiovascular exercise, such as walking, is ideal. It's important to avoid exercising immediately after your chiropractic adjustment. The exact amount of time you should wait before enjoying some activity depends on your physical ailment; as such, it's always best to consult with your chiropractor to determine when you can begin some mild exercise.
Schedule Time For Rest
It's ideal if you're able to travel home immediately after your chiropractic adjustment to allow time for some uninterrupted rest. Resting is an effective way to maximize the adjustment; if you move right into sitting for a long period, for example, your spine might begin to revert to its original position. If you're able to make time to rest, ensure that you're doing so comfortably; instead of slouching on the couch, try lying in bed with pillows to support your body, as needed.
For more information, talk to a professional chiropractor.Share
7 December 2015