Post adjustment Tips
When patients start Chiropractic care with us one of the most common questions we get asked is how can I keep my adjustment holding? This is a great question as our objective is to get you to a point where we need to adjust you less and less frequently, this way we know your body has the best chance of healing and getting you the results that you want from care. So here are our top tips to look after your neck post adjustment so you get the most out of Chiropractic care!
Everyone who comes to our office quickly learns that rest is a very important part of the healing process. When you are at rest your body has the chance to go through healing and repair processes, this is vital when recovering from injury or ailments. Think of it as if you had had a surgery, the doctor's advice would likely involve some degree of bed rest, particularly at the start of the recovery process. Think of your adjustment in a similar way, the difference being we don’t cut you open. However, we are not suggesting you spend days in bed each time you get adjusted, instead just be mindful to take time during your day to rest, relax and minimise stress.
2. Being mindful of head movements
The next piece of advice is to be mindful of how you are using your neck and head. Now we are not saying don’t move your neck, that would be ridiculous. Instead just ensure you are not spending long periods of time with your neck in one position, for example sitting at a laptop or computer. Take time to gently move your neck in a normal range of motion without forcing it.
3. Sleeping position - get a good pillow!
This one is important. Get yourself a good quality pillow that allows you to keep you neck in a close to neural position while you sleep. If you sleep on your back make sure the pillow isn’t too high causing your neck to get pushed forward. If you sleep on your side make sure the pillow is high enough to fill the gap between the mattress and your head, roughly the distance between your head and your shoulder. Make sure it is solid enough to hold your head in a neutral position, memory foam is a great option.
And most importantly of all make sure it is comfortable! If the pillow is not comfortable then it is not the one for you, try something different, it’s not worth losing sleep over!
Following these simple tips will help you to maintain your adjustment and avoid having to be adjusted so frequently. Remember the longer you can hold the adjustment for, the better opportunity your body has to recover and heal.
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