Keeping Up with Chiropractic: How to Make the Most of Your Adjustments
Since the pandemic, back pains have topped the list of ailments for those who have been staying at home. Most people aren’t used to working from home and now find themselves sitting more often.
With less commuting, both to work and wandering around the many departments at our office buildings, we’ve become more sedentary. Even when you add in your usual exercise routine, you’re still moving much less than you did before.
Fortunately, we can help with chiropractic care right in your own home. After you get an adjustment though, you’ll need to do your part to ensure you’re keeping your spine aligned. By doing a few simple things, you’ll keep feeling better and better while enjoying those benefits of your chiropractic adjustment.
Here’s what you should do!
Go slow and steady
Moving too fast or jerking your head or back around can throw things out of whack immediately. Plus, your body needs time to adapt after your chiropractic care. Take it slow and don’t push yourself.
While you should avoid strenuous activities and exercises right after your treatment, between your chiropractic care sessions, you should keep your body in motion. It’s great for mobility and your health. If you’re lugging extra weight in your midsection, one of the best ways to make our care work for you is to take that strain off your back for the best benefits.
Water helps keep joints and the spine lubricated. Be sure to drink it throughout the day. If you can’t stand plain water, add slices of fresh fruit to it for a sweet taste that’s good for you.
Avoid heavy lifting
When your back hurts, it’s nearly impossible to think of anything else, let alone do anything else. Don’t be a hero though. Keep from straining your back so it gets better, not worse. You can lift weights but do so safely, never pushing yourself too hard to take on more than you can handle.
Get up from your desk
It might sound silly, but all that sitting at your desk isn’t helping your back at all. You’d think too much movement would do it, but when you keep tethered to your desk all day, you’re making your back problems so much worse. Get up and take breaks every 2o minutes to half an hour to help release back tension and get the blood flowing.
Don’t sleep on your stomach
Stomach sleeping doesn’t give your back the support it needs. Make sure you have a firm mattress and pillows that are giving you the right support to keep your spine in line.
Choose good shoes
Your shoes play a vital role in supporting your back too. While sandals are nice when the weather warms, they seldom help your back. Now’s a great excuse for shoe shopping to help keep your spine in perfect formation!
Is your back hurting now? We can come to you for expert chiropractic care whenever it’s convenient for you. Contact us today!