Chiropractic care helps with issues relating to the bones, nerves and tissues of the spine and other joints in the body. Whether you have back pain, neck pain, headaches, sore shoulders or bad knees, chiropractic adjustments can help.
A chiropractor is someone who not only helps with pain relief during the session but also helps improve the musculoskeletal system and promotes the body to heal itself. To take full advantage of your chiropractic visit it’s important to work with your chiropractor and come with and follow a plan. Your chiropractor will most likely discuss diet, exercise, and other everyday habits to adjust or incorporate.
It’s important to drink an adequate amount of water for your body. Typically speaking you should drink half your body weight in ounces (180 lbs = 90 oz). This helps keep your joints and spine lubricated and will prevent any further injury. On top of hydration, you should also maintain a healthy diet high in nutrients. When you provide your body with the necessary nutrients you’re giving it the energy to maintain bodily functions and this, in turn, helps with the nervous system.
Whether or not you exercise regularly, you should be incorporating the suggestions your chiropractor provides. For example, he/she may suggest exercises that incorporate the lower back and the core (abdominals). Strengthening these two areas helps with posture and decreased pain related to the lower back. Doing yoga (or regular stretching) or low impact cardio also helps the musculoskeletal system with general mechanical support and mobility.
Before or after the session your chiropractor will ask about several habits you have. For example, whether or not you sit or stand for the majority of the time at your job or what type of shoes you wear on a daily basis. You will also be given advice on how to adjust certain habits (standing up every so often if you sit down for long periods of time; removing your wallet from your back pocket, etc.). It’s important to follow the advice and practice healthy habits to ensure that the work down during your sessions isn’t wasted.