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What to Do After a Chiropractic Adjustment (and What Not to Do)

May 25

Knowing what to do after your chiropractic adjustment is crucial to getting the most out of it. Fortunately, fitting these activities into your schedule is not difficult.


Many of the suggestions in this article are self-evident, such as drinking plenty of water, getting enough rest, staying active, and maintaining excellent posture. But we'll also go over some frequently ignored things you should and shouldn't do following a spinal adjustment, such as what feelings are normal.


The Advantages of Chiropractic Adjustments


Before we get into what to do following a chiropractic adjustment, let's clear up some common myths about chiropractic adjustments.


In a 2016 study, spinal adjustments were more helpful than a placebo in treating low back pain. Indeed, according to some research reviewed in this study, the effects can be apparent even after a year. However, spinal adjustments are beneficial to more than simply the low back.


A 2017 systematic review of the literature found that chiropractic adjustments result in "statistically significant improvements" for several issues, including:

  • Neck pain
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Joint pain and stiffness unrelated to the spine (e.g., shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, hip, knee, foot, and ankle)


These findings are significant because they show that chiropractic adjustments can provide relief for various issues, not just those related to the spine. It's also worth remembering that modifications are generally considered highly safe, with few significant adverse effects. Now that we've cleared things up let's talk about what to do after a chiropractic adjustment.


Common Sense Things To Do After An Adjustment


If you've never visited a chiropractor before, the following information may be unfamiliar. But, even if you haven't just undergone an adjustment, these tips can help you stay healthy.


  1. Get plenty of water

Drinking plenty of water every day is one of the healthiest things you can do for your body. Unfortunately, many people already don't drink enough water, so this is an excellent reminder to keep in mind.


  1. Keep Moving

While you shouldn't go for a heavy-weight workout right after your chiropractic adjustment, being active is beneficial. After an adjustment, activities including walking, jogging, riding, and swimming are appropriate if done in moderation. In other words, don't overwork yourself in the 24 hours following your adjustment.


  1. Get a Good Night's Sleep

Adequate sleep, like obtaining enough water, is critical for healthy health. If feasible, try to get seven or eight hours per night. Your body will require a good night's sleep as it adjusts to the change.


  1. Maintain a straight back

Most people seek chiropractic treatment because their spine is out of alignment. For the most part, this develops over time and must be rectified with regular back adjustments. However, the better your posture, the fewer issues you'll encounter. In addition, it is detrimental to revert to poor posture following an adjustment, so keep your back straight throughout the day.


What Should You Avoid Following a Spinal Adjustment?

We've seen what happens following a chiropractic adjustment. Let's look at what you shouldn't do following your chiropractic adjustment.


  1. No violent movements

While being active is beneficial, you should avoid explosive movements for a few days following your adjustment. Weightlifting competitions, contact sports, boxing, and other similar activities are not permitted.


  1. Limit your rest/sitting time

Even if you have a lumbar support chair, too much sitting is bad for your back. If you must sit, get up and move around every 20 minutes. It's better to get up and move around while keeping your spine neutral.


  1. Pay Attention to Your Chiropractor's Advice

This has already been discussed briefly, but it is worth reiterating. Follow your chiropractor's advice to get the most out of your therapy. While it may be challenging today, sticking to the treatment plan will help you avoid discomfort in the future!


Everyone is unique. After just one chiropractic adjustment, you might be pain-free. However, it could take numerous attempts to reach that stage. To get the most out of your therapy, it's best to follow the dos and don'ts on this list. You may help your body by following these guidelines, ranging from the obvious to the commonly disregarded. Most importantly, please pay attention to your chiropractor and follow their advice for the best outcomes!


At Peak Potential Family Chiropractic, our mission is to educate and serve the community so that they may experience optimal health. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!