How to Get the Most Out of Your Chiropractic Care
By Sara Butler
Seeing your chiropractor is an important first step to continued health and wellness, and is arguably one of the most important steps you can take in order to obtain better health. But just going to the chiropractor isn’t how you’re going to get the most out of a visit. Here are a few tips to help you get the most you can out of your chiropractic care.
Healing doesn’t happen overnight, it’s a process that will take time. Your body and nervous system may have been out of sync for a while; dysfunction is not something that just happens one day while you're taking trash to the curb. It stands to reason that because it took so long to get out of whack it’ll take some time to get back to normal. You have to keep this small fact in mind as you see your chiropractor and be consistent in your visits with them. They will create a treatment plan for you during one of your first visits, stick to it in order to attain optimal health.
Having regular adjustments at your chiropractor’s office isn’t a magical cure-all. If you leave the office after an adjustment and then spend hours slumped behind a desk every day, then you’re not helping yourself out. Remember, when you’re sitting at your desk, take at least one break an hour to get up and walk around. Also, make sure your elbows are bent at 90 degrees along with your knees when sitting. Your computer monitor should be at eye level so you don’t have to look down and you should be sitting up straight with your feet flat on the floor.
Hydration is an important part of your overall health, so remember to drink half of your body weight in ounces of water per day. If you’re 200 pounds, you will need to drink 100 ounces of water every day. This will keep your joints lubricated and healthy!
Nourish your body with foods that are healthy. When you supply your body with what it needs to meet its demands on a daily basis you will feel better, have more energy and improve all of your body’s functions – including the function of the all-important central nervous system.
Exercise is a very important factor in your health, and maintaining flexibility will help your chiropractic adjustments work better for you. Also, work to keep your core muscles strong in order to help support your back and keep back pain away!
If you have questions about how you can maintain your chiropractic care after you leave the office, talk about it with your chiropractor!