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Chiropractic adjustments are an integral part of the treatment, and you must keep your appointments to stay on track with your schedule. But the period of time immediately following an adjustment can be just as influential in your health and wellness journey. Unfortunately, this is often overlooked or forgotten entirely. Chiropractic care is a process, and changes won’t happen overnight. You’ll need to take care of your body during its recovery phase, as the various parts begin to shift and loosen.

The short answer is YES, there are plenty of things you can do to help your recovery. But we won’t stop there. Let’s dive in and take a closer look at some best practices following a chiropractic adjustment. Remember these tips after your next appointment, and you’ll be well-equipped to support your body in its continued treatment.

  • Drink Plenty of Water. It’s essential that you practice good hydration after a chiropractic appointment. After all, a large percentage of your body is made up of water. It can ease any soreness or stiffness that may occur. Not only that, but water will help flush away any toxins released during your adjustment.
  • Settle Into a Routine. Chiropractors often prescribe certain stretches, tailored to your needs, that will aid in the treatment process. Whether it’s once or twice a day, begin to settle into a routine as you perform those stretches daily. Consistency is key when it comes to proper recovery.
  • Move Your Body. Light exercise will do wonders for your body. Swimming, walking, or biking are viable options, but avoid pushing yourself too hard. The days immediately following a chiropractic appointment could leave you slightly more susceptible to injury, and you risk undoing all your progress with vigorous exercise.
  • Take Note of Changes. Listen to your body in the days following an appointment. There will be some new sensations, such as tingling, warming, and cooling, as your body adjusts and responds to the treatment. While these things are perfectly normal, take note of them to discuss with your chiropractor at the next appointment.
  • Use Hot & Cold Therapy. Oftentimes, patients report a persistent soreness in the neck, shoulders, back, or other area affected by the adjustment. Ease the symptoms by applying hot and cold, alternating between the two as necessary. Not only will it minimize the pain, but it will promote a faster recovery.

Ready to get started with chiropractic? Get in touch with us here at Wirth Chiropractic, and schedule your free consultation today. We look forward to working with you!