by Pamela Latimer DC,
Making time for your chiropractic care can be tough. It’s hard to balance another appointment with your busy life. Luckily most adjustments are pretty quick! If you want to make the most of your chiropractic care, it can’t hurt to be a little strategic about when you book an appointment. Here are my recommendations of when to get adjusted.
Before you are going to do a lot of heavy work. You need to have your body working in tip-top shape before the exhertion begins, not just mitigating damage after the body stress has occurred. That way you are more able to minimize damages.
Before you go to the gym. A chiropractic adjustment loosens up your muscles and aligns your neuro-musculoskeletal system. If everything is properly in place, you can avoid injury. An adjustment will also help relieve pain, which will make your workout a little easier.
When you feel a headache starting. We all know the familiar pangs at the start of a headache or migraine. If you can manage to get in for a quick adjustment, you may be able to relieve some of the neck and back tension causing your headache.
After sitting all day. Book an appointment on your commute home and all the stress of sitting at your desk will melt away. An adjustment can address back and neck tension caused by poor posture and inactivity.
When you are in pain. If you wake up sore, have constant pain, or an injury that won’t heal, it’s time to make an appointment. Chiropractic care is a drug-free pain management option that can help you find long-term relief.
When you feel like you are getting sick. Studies have shown that the immune system reacts more effectively when the nervous system is telling it what to do more accurately.
When you feel stressed. Stress causes your body to tense up, which can cause muscle fatigue and throw your spine out of alignment. A chiropractic adjustment can loosen up your neuro-musculoskeletal system and release that tension.
There is no wrong time for a chiropractic adjustment. Pain is one of the LAST symptoms to happen, not necessarily one of the FIRST. Think of WHEN you go to the DENTIST? Typically you go several times a year to prevent issues from occuring, not just when the pain occurs.
Talk to your doctor of chiropractic about how to maximize the benefits of your visit. They will help figure out a care plan designed for your body and its specific needs. If you stick with your chiropractic care routine, the long-term benefits will be amazing for your body.