Have you ever wondered if walking after your adjustment is really important?
Well, here’s the thing everyone, its not only important, its vital to ensure you receive the most benefit from your adjustment. When you think about it, the main aim in our clinic is to take pressure off the spine and have it functioning as good as it can, so the body can heal, regenerate and adapt to whatever life throws at you.
That is why when you first begin care in our clinic we are very particular to point out how you can get the most benefit from your adjustments. As you will realize in most cases the problems occurring in your body have developed over a period time. So it is reasonable to expect it may take some time and repetition to change the function in your spine. You could equate it to a rusty hinge on a door, squirt some oil in there and continually open and close the door and eventually the hinge will “free” up allowing it to function normally. This is the same for your spine, as we adjust your spine, we change the position of the vertebrae, break adhesions, scar tissue and encourage normal function. The last thing we want is for this newly created movement in the spine to be lost by sitting straight down, wearing inappropriate footwear or engaging in poor postural positions such as looking at your phone, iPad or computer for lengthy times immediately after your adjustment. We want to move and challenge the body so the brain can “re-boot” to the new position we have put the body in.
Caring for your spine is not only our job, it’s also your responsibility to do what you can to maximize the benefits of your adjustments.
Here is a list of the 10 most important things to do after an adjustment:
- Get up slowly from the table, do not move your head or body quickly or jerk your neck from side to side.
- Avoid poking and prodding the adjusted area, allow the body to settle.
- Walk for at least 5 minutes or about 400 metres after your adjustment.
- If you are waiting for other members of the family to be adjusted, stand on the balance disc, while you are waiting.
- Avoid strenuous exercise or lifting for at least an hour after your adjustment.
- Follow the daily Spinal hygiene exercises you have received.
- If you are desk bound, you need to stretch every 30 minutes for at least 2 minutes.
- Make sure you have a properly fitted pillow that supports your head and neck and ensure you have a supportive mattress.
- It is imperative you sleep on your back or on your side, NOT on your stomach.
- Do not wear high heels immediately after an adjustment, take some flat shoes or runners and change into your “heels” afterwards if you must.
CHIROPRACTOR BRIGHTON – BRIGHTON WELLNESS GROUP