What To Do Before & After Your Appointments
What You Need To Stay Well
At all points before, during, and after your adjustment, it’s essential to be fully informed of what you need for proper chiropractic care, in terms of positioning and movement. We’re happy to provide the following information to ensure you receive the safest and most effective care.
Before Your Adjustment
To receive and hold a good adjustment, your spine must be at rest before and during the adjustment.
Before every adjustment, we advise that you lie on the adjusting table face down with your arms hanging to the floor to rest your spinal muscles and fan out the vertebrae so they may be adjusted easily.
During Your Adjustment
During your adjustment, your spine and skeleton should be in a resting, neutral position.
Do not cross or bend your legs during the adjustment, unless your doctor specifically asks you to do so.
After Your Adjustment
After your adjustment you should get up from the adjusting table by rising up from your side.
Do not do a “sit up” or “straddle” the bench, as these movements can destabilize the joints of the pelvis. (Note: getting up from your side is the healthiest and safest way to rise from any horizontal position).
Do not rub, probe or poke the areas your doctor adjusts.
Feel Your Best For Even Longer
Participate in exercises at home which strengthen your body, and avoid jarring activities which place harmful stress on your neck and spine. Exercises like yoga and pilates are focused on your core and associate well with chiropractic care. See the following videos for specific exercises that will help you feel your best – between chiropractic adjustments.
Until Your Next Adjustment
Soreness may occur after an adjustment, particularly if the vertebra was significantly subluxated (out of place) prior to being adjusted.
If you do have any discomfort, we suggest that you ice the area, no longer than 20 minutes, once every two hours for twenty minutes. Do not use heat in any case.
If you continue to experience discomfort the next day, contact our office to schedule a follow-up adjustment with the doctor, as a fine-tuning adjustment may be necessary.