What to Do Between Chiropractic Visits
By Sara Butler
A chiropractor who fits neatly into your pocket or bag hasn’t been invented yet. So, between visits to the chiropractor, how do you keep feeling your best? There are several things you can do to stay free from joint restriction and dysfunction between visits. Here are a few tips!
While chiropractic care is essential to your plan for overall health and wellness, so is exercise. In fact, some exercises can strengthen the muscles that help you maintain good posture and support your spine. Your chiropractor may give you a few exercises and stretches to do at home to help target and strengthen areas you need to improve. Just make sure you listen to your body as you exercise and take breaks as you need them. It’s not advantageous to cause injury by doing too much!
Posture is a habit and just as with any other habit, sometimes poor posture can be difficult to break. But if you want to feel good and be free from joint restriction and dysfunction between chiropractic visits, then you must work to recognize some of the ways you can improve your posture.
Quite often, repetitive movements performed at work or home contribute to pain and injury. Combine these movements with improper posture and you have a recipe for pain and discomfort! Make sure you’re practicing good ergonomics at work and home. Work to pay attention to your posture as you move through your day and correct it when you start to slide back into old habits. If you’re not sure where to start, your chiropractor is a great resource!
Along with exercise, stretching is important to maintaining spinal health. The chiropractors at The Joint can suggest targeted stretches to help you improve your flexibility and range of motion. Being flexible will help you feel better and is one of the most important things to focus on as you get older to help maintain balance.
Chiropractors aren’t here to just make you work! They believe in relaxation too. That’s why it’s important to remember that stress has an impact on your mental health and your physical health as well. Too much stress can contribute to poor posture, which then contributes to neck pain, back pain, and can reduce your range of motion. Make sure to identify the sources of stress in your life and take action to address them.
Talk to your chiropractor about what you can do between visits to stay healthy and free from restriction and dysfunction!
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Houston, Tex.