Maintaining the Benefits Gained from Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care
Typically, a patient at Fremont Spine & Wellness who is new to chiropractic care will need to make frequent visits during the early stages of treatment. Most people have spent years abusing their spine by the work they do or the activities in which they participate. Even sitting or standing with poor posture can wreak havoc on your spine’s alignment. The early days of chiropractic treatment are spent molding your spine back into its natural position and training it to stay there. As time passes, the frequency of your visits should decrease and adjustments made to your spine will become minor. Fewer visits and smaller adjustments are a good sign, and indicate that your spine is getting healthier and is learning how to maintain a healthy shape and position on its own.
However, proper spinal care goes beyond seeing a chiropractor. Patient self-care is a large part of long-term chiropractic treatment. In addition to the adjustments your chiropractor makes, you need to take an active role in maintaining proper alignment. By taking an active role in keeping your spine healthy, it will take less time to train your spine to remain in a healthy position and for your body to feel better. When your spine is properly aligned, it puts your body in position for optimal performance, which helps keep you happy, healthy and pain-free.
How to Maintain a Spinal Adjustment
Immediately following Treatment: The first thing you should do after a chiropractic treatment is take it easy. When you get up from the treatment, you should do so slowly and avoid making quick movements or jerking your neck from one side to the other. Your body is warm and primed for movement and making quick or jerky movements can undo the adjustments that were just made.
Your body needs time to settle after a chiropractic treatment. Engaging in physically strenuous activities during the first few hours following treatment should be avoided so that unnecessary jarring doesn’t occur. The key is to avoid putting unneeded stress or strain on your spine. Sit and stand with good posture, keep your spine straight, bend at the knees instead of the waist and use your legs to help you lift any heavy objects. In fact, you should do those things all the time, not just immediately following treatment.
Exercise for Long-Term Care
One of the best things you can do for the long-term health of your spine is engage in regular exercise that strengthens the back and core muscles. Your core muscles are all of the muscles that attach to your spine. These muscles help provide your body with the support it needs to stay upright and in a healthy position. Exercise routines that are helpful in building functional core strength include:
- Kinesis workouts
- Strength training
- Power Plate workouts
- And other routines that promote functional strength or fitness
If you opt to engage in traditional strength or abdominal training there are a few things you should keep in mind. When exercising with weights you should avoid leaning forward at the neck. Bending at the neck places undo stress on the upper cervical region and can lead to further misalignment of the upper spine. This is common when doing things such as barbell squats, shoulder presses and crunches. For instance, instead of performing crunches lying on the flat ground, do them on a ball. This will help you avoid bending your neck and causing misalignments.
Practice Better Posture and Stretch throughout the Day
Every day we do things that are damaging to our spine’s alignment. When you sit hunched over at a computer desk, slumped over while at your workstation or hold onto the steering wheel when you drive, you put your neck and spine into an unnatural position. To combat the parts of your daily life that put your spine at risk spend 20 to 30 minutes stretching each day to help return your spine to its natural position.
Additionally, opting for a desk and chair that places your body in an ergonomically friendly position will help keep your spine aligned and healthy.
Get Your Back Problems Straightened Out in Seattle
If you’re in need of chiropractic care in the Seattle area, the doctors at Fremont Spine & Wellness are ready to give you the treatment you need to alleviate pain, reduce pressure placed on your nerves and help you achieve a better overall quality of life. Contact us today and let us help you get your spine back in shape and give you the tools you need to keep it that way.