Maintaining Spinal Health Between Chiropractic Visits
When you’re on a diet, you follow a strict set of rules to make sure you’re meeting your weight loss goals. You might cut out fast food, kick soft drinks from your diet, or limit yourself to so many carbs or calories each day. Or, you might step into the balmy Alameda sun for a brisk evening walk 4 to 5 times a week for some cardio. No matter what changes you make, over time, you’ll start to see the effects of these changes as your weight begins to drop.
The same concept that applies to dieting applies to maintaining your spinal health in between chiropractic visits. Each visit is going to yield progress towards your goal of optimal spinal health, but without doing your due diligence in maintaining between adjustments, you might not meet your wellness goals.
When you visit Symmetry Health Center for corrective care, your chiropractor will take a personalized approach to determining the unique needs of your spine. Chiropractic BioPhysics® (CBP) will allow them to map the alignment of your spine against the alignment of an ideal spinal curvature. Ultimately, this allows for precise adjustments, but moreover, it also gives your chiropractor the ability to provide insight into the lifestyle changes, exercises, or beneficial activities you can do to support successive adjustments!
Common maintenance items
There are a number of things a person can do after being adjusted to keep those positive changes in place until their next chiropractic appointment. Some of the most common things your chiropractor may suggest include:
- Postural changes: Sitting up straighter, sleeping on your back, standing with your shoulders back, and positioning your feet appropriately are all common postural items that can affect your spine. Depending on your misalignment, focusing on one or both of these could help between visits.
- Activity suggestions: Getting up and going for a walk instead of sitting on the couch is a great way to keep your spine from compressing. Likewise, taking up yoga or swimming can be a great way to strengthen your core and foundation. Activities like these are often conducive to improved results from adjustment to adjustment.
- Lifestyle changes: Converting to a standing desk at work, kicking your nicotine addiction, or meditating to relieve stress can all be great ways to see that your adjustment is supported and that your spinal health keeps moving in the right direction.
- Dietary changes: In many instances, cutting out specific foods, adding certain vitamins, and maintaining consistency within a diet have all proven to assist in spinal health. Your chiropractor may suggest any or all of these things between visits.
The secret to sustained health is maintenance, no matter what aspect of wellness you’re talking about. For spinal health, the concept of maintaining proper alignment and curvature between chiropractic visits is imperative because so many different variables affect the spine! Making positive changes in one or more of the areas outlined above, as recommended by your chiropractor, can have just as much or more benefit to your life as adjustments themselves.
To learn more about your unique spine, what adjustments might help set it back into perfect alignment, and what steps you can take to support ideal spinal health, visit Symmetry Health Center today. We’re pleased to provide free consultations and are one of the few centers to utilize the CBP approach to mapping spinal misalignment!
Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.