Everybody is different in how the body reacts to a chiropractic adjustment. Body misalignment often leads to spinal misalignment or vice versa. Misalignments occur over time; individuals do not notice until soreness and pain begin presenting. Depending on the injury and/or condition, getting the full potential from a chiropractic adjustment means knowing the dos and don’ts following treatment. This involves maintaining a healthy posture, staying hydrated, getting proper rest, and staying active.
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Adjustments are highly effective for the body. Benefits include:
- Pain relief.
- Restored full range of motion.
- Increased strength.
- Increased energy.
- Improved sleep.
- Lowered blood pressure in individuals with hypertension.
Do’s and Don’ts
Stay Properly Hydrated
- One of the best things for the body is plenty of water every day. Water helps:
- Circulate nutrients and oxygen to your cells.
- Flush bacteria from the bladder.
- Assist with digestion.
- Prevent constipation.
- Normalize blood pressure.
- Stabilize heartbeat.
- Cushion the joints.
- Protect organs and tissues.
- It is not recommended to take on intense workouts after an adjustment but to remain active to keep the muscles, tendons, ligaments flexible and strengthen the body during healing.
- Activities should be done in moderation and include:
- Getting the proper amount of sleep is essential for the body to heal to the optimal level.
- The body getting used to the adjustment can be an exhausting process.
Maintain Healthy Posture
- Proper posture is essential to keep the body in healthy alignment and prevent further/new injuries.
- A chiropractor and physical therapist will educate and train individuals on maintaining healthy, active postures.
- Stretching is prescribed as part of the treatment to maintain flexibility and strength.
- A chiropractor will recommend and show how to perform specific stretches and exercises between adjustments.
What to Avoid
Recommendations on what to avoid after a chiropractic adjustment.
- Stay active but limit any explosive movements for a few days after the adjustment.
Avoid Sitting Too Much
- Too much sitting, even with a lumbar support chair, can cause the muscles to tighten pull on the spine.
- When sitting, get up and move around every 20 minutes.
Paying attention to the recommended do’s and don’ts will help expedite the healing and create new healthy habits.
Conventional vs. Organic and Grass-fed Dairy
- Studies have found that dairy cows consuming a diet of grass and hay significantly improved nutrient profiles of produced milk.
- Milk from grass-fed cows has a higher omega-3 content when compared to organic and conventional grain-fed cows.
- Omega-3s protect against:
- Heart disease
- Metabolic conditions
- Dairy is often fermented to produce various products, includingÂ sour cream, yogurt, and certain cheeses.
- When dairy foods go through fermentation, they become a source of probiotics.
- Consumption of cultured dairy has been shown to improve cholesterol and immunity.
- Protects against allergies and certain types of cancer.
- Dairy products will have “live active cultures” on the label.
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