Chiropractic adjustment is a manipulation of the spine to treat and improve the joints by restoring their proper motion. The procedure is gentle and controlled to direct pressure to the spine in order to relieve the nerve from obstruction. The realignment shall retain the muscles to help hold the spine in the correct position.
This process needs to be conducted in several sessions to take effect. The number of required sessions depends on the amount of blockage that needs to be corrected. With proper maintenance of chiropractic adjustment, you will have a faster road to full recovery.
If you have recently undergone a chiropractic adjustment, or if you are about to undergo one, below are some guidelines to help you maintain the alignment of your spine.
- Attend all of your scheduled appointments with your doctor. A major mistake that a chiropractic patient could possibly make is to take your session for granted and skip it. It is imperative that you keep your appointments and be there on time. The frequency of your sessions is prescribed by your doctor for a reason, especially if you need a more aggressive treatment plan.
- Do your homework. Chiropractors usually ask patients to do exercises at home. Sounds like a lot of work especially if you are not a fan of working out. But however odd the exercise program may seem, these exercises are designed to support the chiropractic adjustment performed on you and keep hold of your different muscle groups to respond faster. Take some time to regularly do the exercises prescribed.
- Refrain from doing the activities that triggered or caused your spine problem. Now, this can be challenging as the cause or trigger may be a habitual action that you do unconsciously. For instance, slumping on your seat while on class, watching TV, or playing computer games do not help with spine alignment at all. Be more conscious of your actions and posture.
- Be more active. Surprisingly, a more active chiropractic patient seems to have a healthier life with faster response to the treatment as per most chiropractors. Activities like jogging, swimming, or even regular exercises stimulate the joints and muscles. The stretching of the muscles when doing certain motions helps improve the spine alignment. As you become more active, it is possible that you will need fewer visits to your chiropractor due to the rapid improvement in your body.
- Take some time to relax. Try to relax as stress can add tension to your body, particularly your muscles. Tension causes your muscles to tighten and can pull the skeletal structure out of alignment. This can end up bringing the pain back. Your past sessions on chiropractic adjustment may be wasted if you keep being stressed. Breathe, try to relax, and take things slowly.
- Listen to what your body tells you. No one knows your body more than you do, not even your chiropractor. Though they are trained professionals with years and years of experience, take time to listen to your body and get a feel if something is amiss.
Prevention is still better than cure. It's cliché, but this is true. Be more cautious of your actions and activities so you would not need to have chiropractic adjustment in the first place.