Chiropractic adjustments are a safe and effective way to address many conditions. When you head for a chiropractic adjustment, the chiropractor will perform an adjustment to help address spinal misalignments, which may help to improve your overall health. There are many benefits of chiropractic care, including but not limited to:
- Improved joint function
- Reduced pain
- Improved range of motion
- Better posture
- Reduced stress levels
If you are heading for a chiropractic adjustment, here are a few things you can do before and after your session to ensure you get the most out of your chiropractic care and experience the full benefits.
What to do before a chiropractic adjustment
Many people are surprised to hear that getting the most out of your adjustment starts even before you head in for your session! Getting your body ready is an important step. It is most beneficial to:
1. Take note of pain points & aches before your chiropractic adjustment
Note how your body is feeling on the days leading up to your chiropractic adjustment so that you can communicate this to the chiropractor. This will help them know which areas to focus on during your adjustment.
2. Be hydrated before your chiropractic adjustment
Drink plenty of water because it is essential for the nervous system and all the tissues in your body to function properly. Dehydration can make you feel dizzy or lightheaded, which is not ideal when getting adjusted.
3. Have a light meal before your chiropractic adjustment
Avoid eating a big meal before your chiropractic adjustment. You want to be comfortable during your adjustment, and a full stomach can make you feel bloated and uncomfortable. Eat a light meal or snack an hour or two before your appointment.
4. Wear comfortable clothing to your chiropractic adjustment
You may be asked to remove your shoes or outerwear, so wear something comfortable that you can easily move around in. Loose-fitting clothes are ideal.
During a chiropractic adjustment
When you head in for a chiropractic adjustment at Chiropractic Singapore, our experienced chiropractors will take a look at notes from your initial spinal check-up and x-rays, then do a quick physical exam of your condition that day. This will help them to determine which areas need the most attention and to check the progress of your spinal health so far.
The chiropractor will then perform the adjustment. This is done by applying pressure to the affected area to help realign the spine. You may hear a popping noise or feel a popping sensation as the bones move back into place. Some people may find the adjustment uncomfortable, but it should not be painful, while others feel relief right away.
What to do after a chiropractic adjustment
Most people feel better right after adjustment, however such effects start to wear off after a few days. Here are some tips to not only take care of your body after the adjustment but also to sustain the benefits of the adjustment for as long as possible:
1. Stay hydrated and avoid alcohol after the chiropractic adjustment
It is still important to drink plenty of water after your chiropractic adjustment. This ensures that your body can flush out any toxins that were released during the adjustment and helps to keep your joints lubricated. Avoid sugary drinks and alcohol. You might be tempted to reach for a sugary drink or a glass of wine after your chiropractic adjustment to help you relax, but it is best to avoid these. Sugar can contribute to inflammation, and alcohol can dehydrate you.
2. Move but avoid strenuous activity for 24 hours after your chiropractic adjustment
Stay active and continue your day-to-day activities but avoid any strenuous activity for the first 24 hours after your adjustment. Strenuous activity can cause your body to tense up, making it more difficult for the adjustment to hold.
3. Rest up after your chiropractic adjustment
Listen to your body and get enough rest. Resting will help your body heal and get used to the changes done during the adjustment.
4. Be diligent with the recommended exercises or stretches after the chiropractic adjustment
At Chiropractic Singapore, our chiropractors will provide recommendations of stretches and exercises for you to do at home as part of your care plan. These help you to maintain the alignment of your spine and improve your overall spinal health. It is important to be diligent with these exercises as they will help sustain the benefits of the adjustment for longer.
The best rule of thumb is to follow the chiropractor’s instructions so that you can feel the effects quickly and enjoy the full benefits of your adjustment!
Experiencing the full benefits of chiropractic care
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, it may be time to consider chiropractic care: back pain, neck pain, headaches, joint pain, or carpal tunnel syndrome. Chiropractic adjustments can help to relieve these symptoms and improve your quality of life. This is especially beneficial for the elderly, pregnant ladies, or people with sports injuries.
Our team of experienced chiropractors can help you achieve the best possible health for your spine through adjustments and recommended exercises. Be diligent with following the instructions given to you before and after your adjustment and before long, you will be feeling better than ever!
If you have any questions or concerns about what to do before or after a chiropractic adjustment, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us via Whatsapp or call, or even drop us a visit at any of our 4 conveniently located centres!