Want to know how to make the most out of your first adjustment? Check out these tips!
Drink lots of water
Every joint in your body needs movement to receive its nutrients. Therefore, if a joint is not moving properly, it begins to accumulate toxins. When you receive a chiropractic adjustment to these joints to improve function and mobility, these toxins are released into the bloodstream. Drink plenty of water after your adjustment to flush your body of these newly released toxins.
Here’s a tip: It is a good idea to drink half of your body weight in ounces of water each day. For example, if you weight 180 lbs, drink 90 ounces of water.
Take an Epsom salt bath that night
As we mentioned earlier, it is important to flush out the toxins in your body, especially after your adjustment. Epsom salt baths are a great way to draw these toxins out and reduce any muscle cramping or soreness.
Here’s a tip: Soak in a warm bath with 2-3 cups of Epsom salt (or however much the package recommends) for 20-30 minutes. Feeling proactive? Take an Epsom salt bath the night before your next adjustment to start the recovery process early!
Now that your body is in proper alignment, it is important to stay active and begin training your muscles to maintain the correct structure. If the bone and joint position is corrected, but the muscles are still pulling improperly, then the adjustment will not last as long.
Here’s a tip: For the first few days after your adjustment, focus on training your endurance. When lifting weights, try completing sets with less weights and higher repetitions. When lifting heavier weights, even with proper form, there is a better chance of strengthening one side over the other and pulling your adjustment back out of alignment.
Schedule your next adjustment!
Even though your body was just adjusted and put into proper alignment, there is a good chance your brain and body will go back to how it was comfortable—misaligned. However, it is important to remember that comfort does not equal health. It is time to start retraining your body how to live with proper alignment and a strong foundation.
Here’s a tip: Schedule your next adjustment ASAP and make sure you stick to your prescribed care plan. Each chiropractor will create a care plan that best suits your conditions and individual needs.