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Post Treatment Care

After Treatment Care.

Tips to get the most out of your Chiropractic and Massage appointments.

  • Walk around for 10-15 minutes post treatment and let you body settle before you get back in the car. Try not to have a long trip straight after care.
  • Refrain from any strenuous tasks for 24hours such as vacuuming, housework, gardening, the gym, golf, surfing or any heavy lifting.
  • Drink plenty of water to re-hydrate your body and aid your recovery
  • Avoid carrying heavy bags or children on one shoulder or arm. Always try to distribute the weight across your body.
  • Avoid the lounge. Always try to avoid slouching or lying on the lounge after a treatment. Also avoid using to many pillows in your bed.

How you can expect to feel after a treatment.

There are various reactions patients can expect to feel after a treatment, including tiredness, stiffness, aching, headaches, invigorated and energised. They are all signs that your body is starting to heal itself.

  • You may feel better – as pressure is taken off your joints, nerves and muscles the original pain may start to subside. Remember your body is still healing. Please still give your injury time to recover.
  • You may feel worse – as your body is adjusting to its new alignment your original symptoms may alter and seem to relocate. These symptoms will subside as your body has time to settle after treatment.
  • You may feel achy– both chiropractic and massage work to break up adhesions in the muscles and soft tissues. Magnesium supplements and sprays can help aid your recovery.
  • You may experience a headache – some patients experience headaches after treatment. We recommend drinking plenty of water to help relieve these symptoms as your body is settling.
  • If you are uncertain about how you are feeling or worried please call the clinic immediately on 99493017. The sooner we know how you feel the sooner we can help you.

How many sessions will I need?

This will depend on the severity of the injury, your age, health and habits. Healing takes place in three phases

  1. Acute inflammatory phase – First 72 hours of your injury. Fibroblasts are attracted to the injury creating inflammation. Ice is best at this stage.
  2. Phase of Regeneration –  This phase lasts approximately 6-8 weeks and is when most people receive regular treatment for their injuries. All pain symptoms usually subside during this phase and range of motion increases. The disruption to the injured tissue is 90% restored by new collagen fibres. It is very easy to re-aggravate the injury during this phase.
  3. Phase of remodeling and strengthening – During this phase the new collagen fibres, that our body laid down in a random pattern, will be remodeled into the direction of stress and strain. This pulls the fibres to being more parallel with each other, closely resembling the original tissue. This phase takes approximately 1 year and is when the tissues regain health, strength and alignment. The remodelling phase is a direct effect of motion. Chiropractic treatment puts motion into the joints and tissues helping the fibres to line up, creating stronger more elastic tissues. It is important to continue monthly chiropractic care during this phase. As well as continuing to complete your rehabilitation stretches and exercises.

May 17, 2017
Georgina Smith