The Do's and Don'ts of Chiropractic Care
Chiropractic care has a whole slew of health benefits that it helps to support, including improved circulation, bolstered immunity, a reduction in headaches and sleeplessness, and pain management. So once you've made the intelligent decision to see a Doctor of Chiropractic (or a DC) for regular adjustments, it's equally as important to maintain your well being outside of the office, as well. After all, there is only so much that a DC can do for your health; the rest is up to you. With that in mind, here is a short list of chiropractic do's and don'ts for your reference when you are between visits, in order to gain the maximum amount of benefits from your adjustments:
- DO eat well- eat a well balanced diet full of whole grains, lean proteins, and plenty of fruits and vegetables. Avoid too many processed carbohydrates and refined sugars, as they will negate lots of the good work that your DC has done.
- DO get plenty of quality rest- Sleep can help to speed up your body's recovery process. Aim to get between seven and eight hours of sleep per night. Try to maintain a good sleeping position for your alignment- avoid sleeping on your stomach, and instead remain on either your back or your side.
- DON'T use heat on new injuries- heat can potentially promote swelling at the site of the injury, initially. Instead, use ice packs or cold packs on the area. Heat can be used during the repair process, which generally happens about 48 to 72 hours after the injury happens.
- DON'T carry things incorrectly- if you carry a purse, opt for one that has wider straps or that is a cross-body style, in order to better distribute the weight. Purses that are carried over one arm or shoulder can throw off your natural gait, potentially causing joint pain.
- DO mind your posture- keep your head up, your shoulders back, and your feet firmly planted on the ground. When you are picking something up or need to reach something low to the ground, remember to squat instead of stooping (think about how a small child would do it).
- DO get plenty of exercise- regular exercise and stretching can help you to maintain a healthy body and mind between chiropractic visits. Aim to get at least 30 minutes of physical activity in four to five times per week.
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