A Few Things to Know About Chiropractic
By Genevieve Smith
Going to the chiropractor involves healing your body and getting joints in shape. You may know what brought you into the office, but aren’t up to date with all the insider tips. Whether you’re doing general upkeep or tackling chronic pain, there are things to keep in mind surrounding your visit. If you think you don’t need a visit because you've got a friend who can "crack your back" each day -- think again. Let’s take a look at some of the things to keep you ahead of the game and in the know.
The Chiropractor’s Insider Tips
Whether you’re an adjustment newbie or an old pro, there’s some things you might have missed. Let's dig in.
Cracking your own back doesn’t make up for an adjustment - You may have a friend apply pressure to release a crackle sound from your joints, or you may twist to crack your own back. These are not equivalents of an adjustment, they are simply releasing air bubbles from between joints and can cause damage if too much pressure is applied. While a chiropractic visit may involve popping sounds, it’s the result of a specialized technique in which joints are being pressed into place, designed to help alignment over time.
In the process of healing, pain may intensify - When a chiropractor is working with your body, they will be creating movement in places which are already under stress. This may cause the muscles around that area to spasm or tighten up in resistance, and in addition, you could feel sore post-adjustment. This is part of the work of navigating through your adjustments, however, and an ice pack can help as you go through the process of ultimately restoring joints to a healthier place. It may get worse before it gets better, but the chiropractor is taking you through a healthcare plan.
Be mindful of how you get home - After an appointment, the body is adapting to changes applied during your visit. It helps to move a little bit before hopping in that car and sitting through stressful traffic. Try going for a brief stroll around the block to allow the adjustment to set in, and to savor the experience of caring for your body. Rushing straight into a stressful situation can undo some of the work if muscles are to immediately tense up.
From pre-adjustment to mid-process and after some upkeep, there are things to keep in mind throughout your journey of joint health. Come visit the professionals at The Joint if you’re experiencing discomfort or pain, be patient once you get there, and make it last once you’ve gotten that adjustment! You can walk in anytime and take advantage of affordable pricing plans. Healthy joints are a few questions and a first visit away.
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Salem, N.H.