We will ensure you receive our best care, designed to improve your wellbeing. But to make the most of your adjustments and treatment there are some simple steps you can take once you leave our practice.
1 Take a gentle walk
Walking creates motion through the limbs, pelvis, and spine and may settle your spine and nervous system. It increases blood flow around your body and to your brain, and can elevate mood and soothe stress.
Stress is known to affect your nervous system in a variety of ways, so find ways to keep calm after an adjustment. You might read a book, take a bath or shower, cook, or just cuddle your family or pet. Combine mindfulness with your short walk. Enjoy a nap or meditate. Focus on your breath: inhale deeply, exhale slowly, and repeat as often as you can.
3 Be aware of your posture
Sleep correctly on your back or side, never on your stomach. Stand and sit properly; your ears should rest above your shoulders. Hold your belly in and support the curves of your spine when seated. Bend with your knees, not your back. Aim to keep your spinal curves in a neutral position − great posture will support your spine and your care.
4 Drink a glass or two of water
Every cell in your body needs water to function; in fact, your nervous system couldn’t work without H20. Yet, dehydration is common, according to research published in the journal, Nutrients, 82% of Australians fail to consume enough water. Support your body post-adjustment by drinking plenty of water.
5 Be gentle to your mind and body
Allow yourself time to integrate your adjustments. Don’t schedule a workout or a long run, a karate lesson or a demanding physical event after your chiropractic appointment. Where possible, avoid experiences that will sap your brainpower, like a serious meeting. Try to just be present in your body and mind without significant physical or psychological stress.
6 Pay close attention
Many changes occur in your body after a chiropractic adjustment; some subtle, some not. Does your breathing change; do your muscles feel more relaxed, has your posture improved? Does your mood feel different and your mind feel clearer? Notice what occurs soon after your adjustments and in the following days. The body ‘talks’ and this feedback provides you − and us − with useful information.
Remember, though, the advice in this article is general in nature. What you need may differ from the supposed ‘norm’. So, ask us about suitable steps and let us know about any post-care events you have planned. Got another form of treatment booked? Sometimes another step might sound helpful, but could hinder your progress.
At Adam's Back we want you to get the most from your care. Let us know if you have any questions, we’re happy to answer them for you.
Adam's Back is a team of dedicated complimentary health professionals. Our aim is to support you in finding drug-free solutions for better health.