On their own, chiropractic adjustments are temporary by nature. Spinal manipulation, performed just one or two times, does help to alleviate immediate pressure, but for those one-time treatments to sustain benefits on a long-term basis, additional care must be undertaken by the patient. To be able to experience optimum, long-lasting results that most chiropractic patients obtain, it is imperative that you take responsibility of your back health in order to add to your chiropractor’s efforts. To experience the best results for longer than just a week or two, remember to follow these health tips:
- Follow the treatment schedule laid out by your chiropractor. Missing appointments and adjustments may cause the advances you’ve made to reverse themselves. Your chiropractor has designed your treatment schedule to be specific to your needs. Make sure to follow it as closely as possible.
- Do not try to self-adjust by twisting or “popping” your spine. By trying to pop or crack your neck or back you can cause new misalignments, or cause the progress that you’ve already made to be lost. If you feel tightness or discomfort between adjustment appointments, call your chiropractor for advice. Don’t let anyone else perform any adjustments either.
- Get plenty of rest. Recognizing the signs of muscle and joint fatigue is key to allowing their healing. Do not over-stress the already fatigued areas around your treatment area but allow it the time it needs to repair and heal itself after an adjustment.
- Be conscientious of how you sleep. Your sleeping preferences and patterns impact your spine and joints in a variety of ways – both good and bad. Avoid sleeping on your stomach as it creates tension in the spine. Make sure to choose a pillow that is meant to support you in your favorite position; either on your back or your side. Always sleep with a pillow and choose a more firm, rather than a softer mattress. Don’t read or watch TV in bed if you need to prop your head up to do so, and never turn over in bed using your head as the pivot.
- Be cautious of how you exercise and pay attention to your body’s pain signals. If you feel pain beyond normal muscle burn and fatigue, reduce the frequency and duration of activity and make sure to consult with your chiropractor about what exercises you should or should not be participating in.
- Watch what you eat. Taking in the proper dietary nutrients goes a long way in supporting the health of your body’s individual systems, including its spine and nervous system. Make sure to support your health care with a sensible nutrition plan. Ask your chiropractor in Lawrence about any supplements that he may recommend.