We hear from clients every day who ask about how to maintain their adjustments after a visit to our chiropractic office. It’s a very smart question and means the client is willing to play a key role in chiropractic treatment. We think that’s great news, and we’re glad to help.
The following list includes some of the most effective ways for people to help maintain the benefits of a chiropractic adjustment after the treatment session is over. Of course, it’s wise to return and see your doctor on a regular basis, but what you do “in between” is essential to helping maintain optimum health and wellness.
After your chiropractic adjustment, consider doing the following in order to maintain the effectiveness of the session:
Maintain an Adjustment Seven Ways
Try to remember the following letters and you’ll never miss out on the benefits of your adjustment session: R E E SHIP. Those 7 letters stand for:
Remembering “REE-SHIP” is an easy way to take control of your post-session chiropractic health. Here’s a breakdown of what each one of the seven components refers to.
Get Enough Rest
You’ll need to remember to get enough rest each evening because stressing your body with lack of sleep can mean an “undoing” of your adjustment. Not only is it important to get proper rest, it’s equally vital to sleep on a supportive mattress. Far too many people return home to saggy beds after having an adjustment. That can really undo all the good in short order. So, if you haven’t already replaced your worn-out mattress, there’s no better time than now.
Do the Exercises the Doctor Prescribed
Your chiropractor will provide you with a list of easy-to-do exercises after your session. Don’t ignore this suggestion. It’s for your own good and will help maintain all the benefits of your adjustment. Most of the exercises are quite simple but you will have to apply yourself to keeping proper form and doing them exactly as your chiropractor instructs you. These therapeutic exercises are one of the best ways to reap the benefits of chiropractic care. Not only do they help you learn to align your body in the right way, but they work to balance your musculature so that you are no longer “lopsided.”
Use Epsom Salts If Possible
Bathing with Epsom salts can go a long way toward restoring your physical well-being. We often suggest that patients take an Epsom salt bath at least once or twice per week. The substances in the crystals mix with the bath water and help to soothe sore muscles down deep. Some of the Epsom components actually are absorbed through your skin and work to soothe your entire body as you soak in the bath.
Work on an Upright Sitting Posture
In addition to the exercises we give to patients after an adjustment, we routinely instruct them to become more aware of their sitting posture. Because so many of us sit on uncomfortable chairs throughout the day it’s important to remember to try to do as our mothers told us when we were young, namely, “Sit up straight.” But there’s no need to contort your back into an uncomfortable position. Simply work, at fist, to just become aware of your posture. Then, slowly attempt to keep the spine vertical as much as possible without straining. Good sitting posture takes a while to get used to. One thing you can do is try to sit on chairs without resting your back against the back of the chair. This helps train the muscles around the spine to do their job more efficiently and comfortably.
Don’t forget to drink enough water throughout the day. Allowing yourself to become dehydrated is really detrimental to your body, especially to your muscles. There’s no need to overdo it, but try to drink about a half-gallon of water during the day. If you exercise regularly and need more than the average amount of water, that’s fine. Just be sure to get enough each day so that you never feel very thirsty.
Use Ice If Necessary
If you notice pain in your muscles or joints, use a small ice pack for a few minutes at a time, applied directly to the aching area. Remove the pack for about five minutes between short icing sessions. For centuries, human beings have used ice to soothe aching bodies. Icing the soreness can help you maintain all the good things that happened during your chiropractic session. If you don’t want to buy an ice pack, it’s easy to make one. Simply fill a zip-lock sandwich back with several small cubes. Put the bag into another bag to prevent leaking. Wrap the bags with a thin strip of cloth or a tee-shirt and apply it directly to your joint or aching muscle. You can reuse the bag when you’re done by tossing it into the freezer.
Adhere to the Treatment Plan
Perhaps more than anything else, you will want to follow the treatment plan set out by your doctor. We routinely give our patients written treatment plans and explain each part of the plan to them before they leave our offices. After an adjustment, there are exercises to do as well as various other, individualized treatment plan components that you need to know about. The thing to remember is this: if the doctor lists something on your treatment plan, do your best to follow the advice. It’s the single most effective way to maintain your adjustment until the next office visit.
What’s It All About?
Actually, one of the best ways to begin your quest to maintain an adjustment is to choose a doctor in whom you can have total confidence. Everyone on our team works hard to earn and keep the trust of our clients. That way, after your adjustment, you can simply use the items in the above list and keep your body in top form.
Once you get used to the way we work and understand the holistic, natural way that chiropractic treatment can heal the body, many of the above tips and suggestions will become part of your daily routine. One of the key aspects of chiropractic philosophy is that if you take care of your body, it will take care of you. In this modern age, it’s sometimes easy to forget basic advice like that.