How can I get the most out of my adjustments?
If you’re coming for chiropractic care we already know that you’re interested in living a healthy and balanced life but your investment doesn’t stop in the clinic. You’re also responsible for supporting your treatments at home. One of the key factors in any patient’s recovery is what they’re doing outside of the chiropractic office. With these simple changes you can improve your healing time, adjustment effectiveness, and overall health.
The first step is keeping yourself moving both before and after a chiropractic treatment.
Look at your physical movement throughout the day, are you:
- Walking outdoors
- Limiting screen time
- Taking regular breaks at work
- Lifting heavy things, Exercising
- Stretching, improving flexibility
- Creating physical challenges for yourself
Chiropractic care helps to restore normal and efficient mechanical mobility to the body, which
- naturally stimulates the nervous system
- keeps healthy tissues flush and lubricated
- stimulates circulation
- prevents the degeneration of our musculoskeletal system
We all know that the body was designed to move, no matter what age or prior history. Your body has the capacity to maintain healthy joint mobility and function.
Step 2 can be surprisingly challenging… Get off your devices!
Smartphones, Tablets, Laptops these take a toll on your neck, back, eyes, and free time. They keep you addicted and sedentary.
The iphone 12 update is now available and has a built in tracker. You can also use these free apps below to track your screen-time, I guarantee you’ll be surprised.
We also know that when a patient sees a chiropractor for an adjustment, positive neural stimulation quickly follows. A door opens immediately after the chiropractic adjustment, that allows the patient to further improve and enhance the effects of that adjustment. Whether a patient has been in pain for a short time, or is suffering from a chronic process, there are going to be faulty mechanics, perhaps related to poor lifestyle choices.
An adjustment will greatly restore better health to the injured area, but the patient needs to move soon after to optimize that change.
In other words, if a patient immediately returns to their office and sits for another 4-6 hours at a computer terminal, then drives home, and finally crashes on the couch for another 2 hours of television, the positive effects of the adjustment can diminish quickly.
Step 3: Take Frequent Breaks
With a simple protocol of short but frequent position changes and stimulatory exercises, the effects of the chiropractic adjustment are enhanced and maintained.
Take a 1-minute “mini-stretch” every 30 minutes by simply walking around the office. The key here is short but very frequent changes in body position and dynamics, where the neural imprinting is laid for permanency. This is much better than working/sitting for a long period of time followed by a long but infrequent exercise session. Scientific study shows the degenerative changes are already taking place in the joints in as little as 30 minutes of sitting. This is avoided with moving regularly.
This is one simple but very key concept when looking at our physical health. The intensity doesn’t have to be high to get the result, but the consistency does. Your body and your health will thank you.
For any specific questions about adjustments, book a free 15 minute consultation with one of our chiropractors: 613-549-0866
Best of Luck,