A Chiropractor’s job is to adjust a person to remove any interference from the nervous system so that that person can function and heal correctly. This nerve interference is called a subluxation. After a couple weeks of Chiropractic care, people usually start to “hold” their adjustments better. What does this mean? Holding is when your body accepts the adjustment and is no longer subluxated. This is a good thing and you want your body to be able to “hold” as long as possible. If your body is holding, it is healing.
Why Do Some People Hold Their Adjustments Longer?
Stress is what causes a person to become subluxated. There are three main causes of subluxations: Mental (your thoughts and feelings), Chemical (what you eat, drink, and inhale), and Physical (any abuse your body takes). The people who hold longer tend to have fewer of theses stresses in their lives. Unfortunately, stress is inevitable in our lives.
Here are some rules to follow to help reduce the stress on your body and be able to hold your adjustment longer:
1.) Take it easy for the first couple hours after an adjustment. Don’t do anything too strenuous or overly stressful. The first couple hours are your most vulnerable when it comes to not holding your adjustment. If you are going to work out or get a massage, do so before your adjustment or wait at least 2 hours after.
2.) Choose to be HAPPY!!! The main cause of subluxation has been shown to be emotional stress.
3.) Improve your posture. You should always try to sit/stand as erect as possible with your shoulders, back, and head directly above your spine… Quit slouching.
4.) Uncross your legs. Try not to cross your legs, except at your ankles. People who cross their legs tend to always cross the same one. Doing this regularly can cause your spine to become unbalanced and subluxated.
5.) Bend at your knees. When picking up something even as light as your child, bend at your knees. Bending from your back can cause extra stress on the discs in your spine.
6.) Find a good mattress. Everyone needs a good mattress to sleep on. No lumps or sags, as one-third of your life is spent in a bed. A firm mattress with a pillow top or memory foam seems to work best for most people. However, your body knows best.
7.) Keep your head on straight. You should always avoid snapping your head suddenly from side to side or straight back.
8.) Hydrate. Drink plenty of water. Water is essential for tissue hydration and strength.
9.) Don’t read in bed on your back with your head propped forward. This strains the spine, muscles, and nervous system.
10.) Eat healthy. Be smart in your everyday food choices. Fresh foods are better than processed.
11.) Limit alcohol and tobacco. As enjoyable as these may be, they do put your body under stress.
Sticking to these rules will help you hold your adjustment longer, but don’t be afraid to live your life. That’s why your Chiropractor is here.