For many patients, chiropractic adjustments help them feel their best. Finding and correcting subluxations can have a significant impact on a person’s day-to-day routine. More energy, better sleep, and less pain typically translates to a better quality of life.
What new patients often don’t know, however, is that the treatment doesn’t stop when they leave the office. Many chiropractors recommend a self-care regimen that will reinforce the work accomplished during the appointment. The frequency of office visits can vary greatly, from multiple times per week to once per month. Whatever your chosen schedule, you’ll have plenty of time to complete any self-care prescribed by your chiropractor. Read on for some additional tips and advice from Wirth Chiropractic.
- Practice Good Posture. Maintaining a good posture is paramount to the success of your chiropractic treatment. Whether sitting or standing, do everything possible to support the natural curvature of your spine. According to experts, proper posture involves keeping your shoulders back and head in alignment with the rest of your body. Relax your shoulders and release any tension that may be stored there.
- Support Your Feet. Your feet provide a solid base for the rest of your body. Any discomfort or lack of support could result in spinal misalignment. Invest in good, quality shoes that provide the necessary support for your daily life. You may also consider retrofitting your old shoes with innersoles as a cheaper alternative.
- Exercise Regularly. The World Health Organization recommends 150–300 minutes of moderate aerobic activity per week for adults ages 18 and over. Physical activity is the perfect complement to chiropractic care, and it can help ward off the negative effects of a sedentary lifestyle.
- Build Strong Core Muscles. Good posture is important, but it can be difficult to sustain without the proper support. Now you have yet another reason to hit the gym and stay on top of your muscle-building routine. By strengthening your core muscles, you can better support your torso, shoulders, and neck.
- Find Your Sleep Position. Whether you’re a side sleeper or a back sleeper, your sleeping environment should reflect your preferred position. Everything from your mattress to your pillow should support your body as you rest. Side sleepers may want to put a pillow between their knees, and back sleeps may want to support their spine with a pillow under their knees.
Here at Wirth Chiropractic, we often work with our patients to optimize their self-care routine and lifestyle habits. Got any questions? We’d be glad to answer them for you. Reach out to us today, or schedule a free consultation to begin your chiropractic treatment!