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5 Mistakes To Avoid When Seeing A Chiropractor

by Caitlin Obara

If you have been experiencing chronic neck or back pain, your doctor may have advised you to see a chiropractor. This healthcare professional focuses on treating conditions of the musculoskeletal system through spinal adjustments and other non-invasive therapies.

Here are a few common mistakes to avoid when seeing a chiropractor.

Delaying Chiropractic Care

Unfortunately, some people experience pain for months before contacting a chiropractor. They may hope that they will get better and won't need help. These individuals may also take over-the-counter pain relievers to deal with their discomfort. However, delaying chiropractic care is one of the worst things you can do.

For example, if you suffered a back injury in a car accident and waited too long to get treatment, scar tissue can develop, and the injury will become more difficult to treat.

Failing to Drink Enough Water

After a chiropractic adjustment, your muscles are stimulated, releasing toxins from your body. However, you will need to drink enough water in order to completely flush these toxins out of your body. Try to drink at least eight glasses of water a day for at least several days after your appointment.

Not Speaking Up

If something does not feel quite right during your chiropractic treatment, you shouldn't be afraid to speak up. For example, if you are feeling too much discomfort during an adjustment, you should inform your chiropractor. 

Remaining Sedentary

Following chiropractic treatment, you do not want to sit around too much. If you sit for long periods of time, it could put your body out of alignment again. Try to walk around every hour, even if it is around your house. You may also want to participate in low-impact activities, such as yoga or swimming. When you do sit down, mind your posture, as slouching can contribute to back and neck pain.

Stopping Chiropractic Treatment After You Feel Better

It is great if you notice an improvement after one or two chiropractic sessions. However, just because you start to feel better sooner than expected does not mean that you should stop treatment prematurely. It is important to follow your treatment plan all the way through to experience lasting results. 

If you avoid making these common mistakes, you can have a successful chiropractic treatment. If you have been dealing with neck or back pain for a while now, you may want to make an appointment with a chiropractor as soon as possible. Reach out to a local chiropractor to learn more.