Depending on the things you do after your visit to our office, the effects of your adjustment can last a few hours to a few days and hopefully longer as your body holds the adjustment. The good news is you can prolong the good effects of your chiropractic adjustments by taking these steps:
Watch Your Posture
Bad posture can add to spinal malpositioning and tight muscles. You can feel much better after your adjustment, the results will not last very long if you slump or spend lot of time hunched over your computer or using your smartphone. When you use a phone or another digital device, hold it at eye level when possible. Consistently looking downward at devices places lots of stress on your neck and may even cause long-term damage to your spine should you not change habits.
Ergonomic Furniture Should Be Used
Slouching may be unavoidable if your workstation places your body into an biomechanical unfavorable position. Ergonomic chairs keep your spine well positioned, support your lower back, and distribute your weight evenly. When it is combined with an ergonomically favorable desk and keyboard, you’ll be much less likely to feel discomfort by days end.
A standing desk is an great ergonomic option. Using an interchangeable sitting/standing desk throughout the day can minimize discomfort in your upper back, neck and could improve one’s productivity. These desks are adjustable and change position to allow one to change from a seated to a standing position.
Regular Breaks Can Help
Improving one’s posture and using ergonomic desks can assist one keep the spine well positioned, but discomfort might be a concern if spending many hours at the desk. Add frequent breaks to your routine to minimize pain and discomfort. Take a walk (even if it’s only to the end of the hall) and perform some stretches before returning to your workstation.
Avoid Awkward Movements or Lifting
Awkward motion activities or those that require you to malposition your body can cause discomfort. Rolling paint on the ceiling or ditch digging to place posts for a fence the day after your adjustment might reverse your results.
Improper lifting techniques can also degrade the effects of your chiropractic adjustment. Consider asking for help and use your knees and legs, instead of your back, when you lift.
Water helps your body eliminate toxins that are released after an adjustment. Increasing water intake for a few days after your treatment can be very beneficial. Water improves joint lubrication, which may help keep your joints flexible. Increasing water can also help one avoid dehydration, a condition that can cause headaches, muscle weakness, fatigue, dizziness, and irritability.
A Little Exercise Goes a Long Way
Although you shouldn’t participate in strenuous activities right after getting adjusted, low-impact activity will help keep your muscles relaxed and improve your motion. Walking, swimming, biking, yoga, and other forms of exercise will improve your treatment results.
I probably taught you a few exercises you can do at home to improve the strength and flexibility of your muscles. These exercises are an important part of your treatment plan and should be performed regularly.
Get Your Z’s
Sleeping is a big part of the healing process. While sleeping, your body repairs muscles and tissues and produces chemicals that reduce inflammation. If you don’t get enough sleep, approximately seven to eight hours every night, you may be sabotaging the effects of your chiropractic adjustments.
Chiropractic adjustments offer a simple, natural way to manage discomfort in your joints and muscles.
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