Beware! Follow Proper Chiropractic Aftercare
Aftercare following a chiropractic adjustment is more necessary than you realize. Your body has adjusted and will need to recover. You may feel a little achy or tired. You may also feel more thirsty than usual. Please follow the following aftercare instructions to make the most of your recovery and feel your best!
Water Intake Rule:
FIRST part of the rule:
Begin with your body weight and divide in half (eg. If you weigh 100lbs, dividing it would be 50). This number is how many ounces you should be drinking each day.
SECOND part of the rule:
If you drink anything CAFFEINATED or ALCOHOLIC you need to double the amount in water! (eg. If you drink 20oz of coffee, you need to double it and consume 40oz of water to combat the diuretic effects.)
To support your joint health, it is recommended to combine MSM, glucosamine and chondroitin, but it is the combination of all 3, which has been reported to create the best results.
To Fight Inflammation:
Adding turmeric, tart cherry, or ginger supplements can decrease inflammation. For topical natural anti-inflammatory relief, try mixing peppermint oil with vitamin E or coconut oil (peppermint oil can burn the skin if applied by itself) to the site of inflammation. It will have a cooling effect and smells so much better than some of the over-the-counter brand remedies.
Epsom Salt Bath:
Approximately 30% of patients experience soreness after their first adjustment. The soreness experienced is due to an increase in lactic acid after muscles relax. To decrease or flush out lactic acid, increase your water, but you can also take an Epsom salt bath. (It will draw lactic acid from the muscles, which when it builds up can create that achy-feeling.)
Recipe for Faster Recovery
In a standard size tub, begin with filling the tub half full with hot water. Add 1 cup of Epsom salt and swish the salt to dissolve. Soak for 30 minutes or until the water cools.
For a Soaking Tub that is a bit oversized, add 2 to 2 ½ cups to hot water, then swish and soak (same method as above). This can remove a significant amount of soreness. Making this part of your aftercare routine following workouts or adjustments will help your body recover more quickly.
Muscles spasm for a variety of reasons; however, the most common cause is due to dehydration. Please make sure that you are consuming enough water. The second most common cause is lack of either potassium or sodium. Muscles work on a sodium/potassium pump. If your body doesn’t have enough of either, it will spasm as a means to try to tell you of this deficiency. Most people get enough sodium in their diet due to processed foods, but if you cook all of your meals without salt or are currently on a modified diet (Paleo, etc.) you MAY NOT be getting enough salt. Increase your consumption for a couple of days and see if your twitching muscles relax.
Most everyone gets enough salt in their diet, and it is a lack of potassium that causes muscle spasms, but increasing your potassium either by adjusting your diet (mango, papaya, banana, black beans or green leafy vegetables) or adding a potassium supplement can significantly decrease muscle spasms and tightness.