What you should do in between chiropractic visits?

Many people attend Chiropractors everyday but what should they do in between visits.  They sometimes come and go every couple of days to once a month, depending on what stage they are in.  It varies from person to person depending on their amount of pain, how quickly they recover and how quickly it comes back.

So what can/should you do after your chiropractic visit? We will inevitably go back to our home or workplace where we perform our chores and duties.  And often times we can’t escape these things because we just aren’t able to take the time off or have someone else do it.

However, it’s also a bad thing to lie down and do nothing.  This was a common practice back in the day for low back pain.  Doctors prescribed bed rest following a low back injury.  We now know that this was counter intuitive as gentle movements through the area helped with symptoms more than it hinders them.  Speeding up recovery and return to work.

5 Things To Do

So here are 5 things you can do in between chiropractic visits

  1. Keep moving – following on from above, staying mobile helps with keeping the joints from locking up.  It doesn’t have to be big extended movements, just even a bit of a wiggle here and there is enough.  Don’t over do it, only do it when its bearable.  Always stop when it’s too much.  
  2. Keep hydrated – it is ever so important to stay hydrated as the majority of your body is made up of water.  Its helpful in a lot of ways, for example, regulating body temperature, keeping joints lubricated, delivering nutrients to cells and to keep organs functioning properly.  It will also improve sleep quality, cognition and mood.
  3. Keep good posture – as your chiropractor works on your spine and pelvis, its always important to train yourself to keep good posture.  As the spine degenerates over time you see the classic hunch back and forward head postures.  Keeping good posture help to reduce headaches and low back pain which was the reason you came in the first place.  It also improves lung capacity, circulation and digestion. (It also makes you taller and feel more confident!)
  4. Do those stretches! – no doubt your chiropractor has given you some homework in doing some stretching!  They help target the problem muscles which are causing the problem and will help symptoms improve. Stretches must also be done properly, holding for at least 15 seconds, and trying to go further after each repetition to get those soft tissues elongated.
  5. Do those exercises! – this is fairly similar to the last point but the exercises talked about here are about strengthening.  Sometimes strengthening exercises aren’t introduced early on in the process as it may still be too painful to perform.  But when your allowed to do them it becomes crucial in between chiropractic visits to help your body get better and stay well.

So there you have it.  If you ever experience any strong pain make sure to stop and let your chiropractor know.  These simple tips will help you get you through to your next chiropractic visit.  Should you find that your symptoms come back sooner, bring forward your appointment to get the help that you need.

The Chiropractors here at Hills Natural Health Centre are happy to help you stay healthy and active and support you to be the best that you can be.

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