- Sleep on your back. This allows proper alignment between your head and spine, thereby not applying additional stress to the spine.
- Drink plenty of water. The connective tissues in our bodies are directly affected by water. If we do not drink enough water, our ligaments will lose their strength and flexibility and, therefore, not be able to hold adjustments.
- Rest with a cervical pillow. Resting for 15 minutes per day with a cervical pillow helps to restore the natural curve in our necks. This natural curve prevents any further compensatory changes in our spine.
- Call us with any questions you may have.
- Sleep on your stomach. This applies additional stress to the spine and may cause further changes to spinal structure.
- Sleep on a stack of pillows. This denies the proper alignment between your head and spine, thereby applying additional stress to the spine.
- Lift any heavy objects. This may cause you to lose your adjustment due to the activation of many muscle groups.
- “Pop” your neck and/or back. This does not allow for the proper line of correction such as an adjustment does. In addition, this may move a bone into an undesired position.
You should drink plenty of water each day due to the following reasons:
- Lack of water is the biggest trigger for daytime fatigue.
- 8-10 glasses of water per day decreases back and joint pain in 80% of sufferers.
- A 2% drop in body water percentage may trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and trouble focusing on a computer screen, or printed page.
- Lack of water causes ligaments to lose their strength and flexibility, making it more difficult for your body to hold an adjustment.
How much water to drink?
Your body weight / 2 = The number of ounces of water you should drink per day.
What to Expect after an adjustment
After your first adjustment, you may feel a great deal of relief, you may feel no change, or you may feel a little sore. The bone that we have adjusted may have been out of alignment for quite some time. The longer it has been out of alignment, the more the surrounding musculature has compensated. Shortly after the adjustment the muscles will begin to react and try to pull the bone back out of alignment and into the position it has been in for many years. This is what we call the “work phase.” It can cause mild soreness, but it is only temporary. After a series of adjustments, the muscles become retrained and begin to hold the bone in its proper position.