I am sure that you have heard the old adage, "Once you go to a Chiropractor, you have to go for the rest of your life." That is partly true. Chiropractic care gets your body functioning at its optimal potential. It increases your ability to move, decreases illness, and it makes you feel great. That being said, we want your body to hold the adjustment as long as possible, because that means your body is functioning! We want you to just need a tune-up every few weeks.
So why does your adjustment not "hold"? That is due to muscle memory. We do our best to loosen up those muscles before we adjust you. This allows for the spine to move during the adjustment easier and allows for your brain to reset those muscles into their new spot. But as soon as you leave, those muscles may want to go back to how they were before. This can pull your spine back out of alignment.
Here are some tips to keep your body aligned for a longer period of time:
#1 Follow the treatment plan - It took a long time for your spine and muscles to get to where they are, it may take some time to put them back. Each visit builds on the last so it is important to keep to the treatment schedule your Chiropractor suggests.
#2 Drink your water - Staying hydrated is so important! Not only is it critical for your survival, it helps keep your muscles loose. It hydrates the discs between your spinal vertebrae, this increases your movement and reduces your pain. You should be drinking 2/3 of your weight in ounces of water.
#3 Don't put your bag on your shoulder - The motion of holding a bag on your shoulder causes you to raise your shoulder, which pulls on the entire side of your body. This brings your spine and hips out of alignment. So all of the hard work you've been doing to correct your body is being undone.
#4 Do some home blocking - Home blocking levels out your pelvis and gives your spine a good foundation to rest on. This keeps you in alignment longer and, as an added bonus, reduces stress!
#5 Sleep in the correct position - You should sleep in one of two positions. You can sleep on your side, with a pillow between your knees. You can also sleep on your back with a pillow under your knees. This keeps your spine in a neutral position.
#6 Check your posture when you sit - Make sure you aren't sitting on your wallet. Check to see if your computer and chair are at the right height. Are you crossing your legs at the knee? Making sure that you are seated in the correct position will ensure that your spine is in a favorable position.
My last tip may be the most important of all!
#7 PLEASE LISTEN TO YOUR CHIROPRACTOR! - All of the things they ask you to do are for the health of your spine. If you really want your adjustments to last, do what they tell you to do! They want to see you get healthy and not have to come in as often. They want you to be the best version of yourself.
So if you want your adjustments to last, these are the things you should do! The first step is making your appointment!