Chiropractic care is becoming the most sought-after form of alternative medicine.
People are tired of the side-effects of prescription medication and "reactive" treatments.
They don't want to only mask the symptoms; they want to treat the cause of those symptoms.
Chiropractic care does all of that, while painkillers and surgeries only mask symptoms and are reactive treatments instead of proactive.
Chiropractic care can reduce back pain, align your spine, improve several body functions, improve your posture, treat and prevent headaches, relieve stress...the list goes on and on.
Depending on what you're treating, your sessions may consist of short, routine adjustments, or they could be long-term treatment plans.
Each adjustment involves manipulations of the spine, tissues, and muscles.
Many people that seek out chiropractic care are already very health-conscious and take great care of their bodies.
They eat well, exercise, and are very mindful of their overall well-being.
Chiropractic care is just another part of making sure they get to reap the benefits of optimal health.
Many of those people usually plan on going to the gym or exercising at some point after their appointment with their chiropractor, but is that safe?
Exercising immediately after a chiropractic treatment carries the risk of disrupting the work your chiropractor has performed.
On the other hand, your chiropractor will more often than not recommend regular exercise as part of their treatment plan.
You should always speak with your chiropractor about exercising after your appointment, but in the article below, we will discuss whether or not you should exercise after a chiropractic appointment.
Table of Contents
- Spinal Manipulations and Adjustments
- Exercise Recommendations
- Consider Your Lifestyle
- Talk To Your Chiropractor
Spinal Manipulations and Adjustments
Adjustments through spinal manipulations are what make up the core of chiropractic care.
Many chiropractors believe that many health problems are due to displaced spinal vertebrae.
Other natural health methods are advocated by chiropractors, including regular exercise, a healthy diet, and other lifestyle changes.
Most effects of spinal manipulations are gradual, although many chiropractic patients feel some relief after their first visit.
Chiropractors typically recommend regular visits in order to benefit the most from the adjustments.
Many people seek chiropractic care to relieve pain caused by accidents, poor posture, and old age.
Others visit the chiropractor just to be sure their body is functioning properly.
Some people will experience pain after an adjustment due to the changes in their body.
This doesn't happen to everyone, and the pain typically doesn't last very long.
However, if you engage in the wrong types of exercise after a visit to the chiropractor, you could potentially worsen your pain or cause more pain.
Your chiropractor will probably recommend exercise as a way to enhance your treatment and strengthen your back and body.
There are a few precautionary measures you should take, especially if you exercise immediately following chiropractic treatment because your body needs a chance to adapt to the procedure.
Working out right after treatment has the potential to undo all the work that your chiropractor completed during the adjustment for tissues and muscles.
This risk is even higher if you are recovering from an injury.
However, performing appropriate exercises at the appropriate times will usually improve your treatment outcomes.
Consider Your Lifestyle
Regular exercise is a critical part of any healthy living plan.
Chiropractors generally work with their patients to come up with an exercise plan that ties into treatment plans.
You should aim for some form of daily aerobic exercise, and choose lower-impact activities that aren't as likely to aggravate any back pain or injuries.
Swimming and moderate-paced walking are both examples of low impact activities.
If you start experiencing muscle pain, stop exercising right away.
Weight loss and weight management are also preventative measures against back pain.
The CDC recommends a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity exercise per week to help maintain a healthy weight.
Talk To Your Chiropractor
If you're already seeing a chiropractor, they have probably already discussed exercise with you.
Chiropractic treatments benefit when they are paired with an exercise program.
If you have yet to see a chiropractor, ask them about exercise during your initial consultation.
They will be able to recommend an exercise plan that is unique to your situation, and they will tell you what you can and can't do after your treatments.
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