If you decide to see a chiropractor for an issue that you are dealing with, these simple tips should help you to maximize your results:
1. Every chiropractor is different. Some are highly experienced, some use different methods than others. It is important to find a chiropractor that you feel comfortable with, that you can communicate with and that has time to see you. No one should feel obligated to receive treatments from the first chiropractor they meet with. Interview several to see which ones are best matched to you and your condition. If you are receiving treatment from a chiropractor and decide that things are not turning out as you expected, you can always see a different practitioner.
2. Your chiropractor may recommend that you purchase special equipment that can help improve the quality of your life. These items may assist you with daily living activities if certain ones are too difficult for you to carry out without pain. These items may include things like orthotics for your shoes, better shoes that are more supportive, braces for your back, wraps for muscles, topical creams for pain relief, ice packs, heating pads, etc. Some insurance companies are more likely to reimburse you for the expense of these items if your chiropractor recommends them.
3. If you have any extra body weight, you should consider trying to lose weight. Excess weight can add a great deal of stress to your spine and increases your risk of injury. Your chiropractor may be able to refer you to a registered dietician who can assist you with meal planning for successful weight loss. If you are not currently doing any type of exercise, plan to do a little bit each day. Some exercise is better than none, and if you can go for a short walk, that is going to help you on your road to weight loss.
4. Your chiropractor may recommend certain supplements that can help with inflammatory conditions or joint pain. Some chiropractors have those supplements right in their office while others may refer you to a local supplement store. They may also give you several exercises that you can do from home. These exercises may be targeted at improving the strength of your spine and the muscles that support the spine. Some light stretching can also be helpful in preventing further pain and injury as well as decreasing current pain levels.
5. By examining your spine, your chiropractor can detect spinal issues and then increase and restore function. Posture is a big part of the condition of your spine, so if you feel yourself slouching often, work on correcting and improving your posture as much as possible. Keep it in the back of your mind that poor posture can increase the likelihood of future injury because it leads to chronic dysfunction of body movements. Certain exercises and movements may be given to you to do from home which can help you to improve your posture. If you have bad posture you may experience muscular fatigue, low energy and you may be decreasing your metabolism.