While the actual techniques used by your chiropractor will vary according to your individual health needs, the goal is always to maximise your health potential. One powerful tool often used by chiropractors is the spinal adjustment. The spinal adjustment is a very precise and specific pressure used to correct spinal imbalance that alters nerve and muscle function. Building a stronger and healthier body shouldn’t stop after your adjustment though. Here are some things you can do to get the most from your chiropractic care.
Research indicates you will add an average of 14 years to your life if you just do four little things:
- Eat lots of fruits and vegetables.
- Don’t smoke.
- Drink alcohol in moderation
Nourish your body
Look out for immune boosting foods – five things to look for are foods that are richly coloured, fresh, organically grown, in season and locally produced. If you can’t satisfy all five requirements, three out of five isn’t bad!
Monitor your sugar intake
It lowers your immunity. Carbonated soft drinks are not only high in
sugar but they also remove calcium from your bones. Drink water or
fresh juices instead.
Take time to breathe
Just because we are breathing doesn’t mean we are doing it properly. Our cells, especially the brain and nerve cells, need adequate oxygen to function correctly. Many people are ‘chest breathers’ rather than 'diaphragm breathers’. Chest breathers have an altered body posture as well as poorer oxygen exchange. When you breathe with your chest, your upper ribs and shoulders rise on inspiration leading to neck and shoulder tightness.
Relaxed breathing should engage your diaphragm. When this occurs, your shoulders remain relaxed. When you inspire your lower ribs open out and your abdomen is gently pushed forward as the diaphragm pulls down. Both the lower ribs and abdomen should then lightly sink back in when you exhale.
Plan your adjustment
Try to arrange your chiropractic adjustments so that you have time to walk for 10 minutes immediately afterwards rather than having to rush off in the car. Movement after an adjustment is great, although overly strenuous activity is not ideal, especially if you are new to chiropractic care.
Be posture aware
Understand how to hold the natural spinal curves when you are sitting and standing. Be aware of your core and train it to become naturally active, especially when bending and twisting. Your chiropractor can help you with understanding how to do this.
Wallets and handbags
Guys – don’t sit with your wallet in your back pocket.
Ladies – lighten the load in that handbag and leave the kitchen sink at home!
Keep on track with your appointments
Like laying down bricks, one adjustment builds on the previous one. Keeping up with regular appointments helps ensure positive changes over time.