By this point, I have probably already cured you. Just joking, health is a lifelong journey and you play the biggest role in how you feel. However, if I am doing my job right, after 1-4 visits you are probably feeling a lot better and may be starting to wonder what to do now. So, here are a few tips to help you keep up the progress that has been made so far.
- Don’t do what it was that brought you in in the first place
Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result is often referred to as the definition of insanity. I am not telling you to stop doing activities you love! However, making smart modifications or taking the necessary time to build up your strength before returning to these activities can be an important step to resuming them pain free. I have probably given you tips and a timeline for this already, but if not, please ask me at our next visit.
- Do your exercises!
If you went to a doctor with an infection and were prescribed antibiotics, would you expect the infection to get better if you didn’t take them? The prescribed exercises can be just as important as the adjustments and will help in maintaining long term progress for your condition. Nike said it best, “Just do it”! Also, these should not be the only exercises you do, but a supplement or a start to a regular exercise routine.
- Come back in periodically for maintenance
Taking care of your body is a lot like taking care of your car. You wouldn’t expect it to last very long without changing the oil and aligning the tires every once in a while. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”, and since you can’t buy a new body, it makes sense to prioritize taking care of it (and unlike your car you can feel the benefit). An appointment every 1-2 months is usually often enough to keep you healthy but not break the bank.
- Listen to your body
Continuing the car metaphor from point 3, pain is like your check engine light. Don’t ignore it unless you want your engine to blow! And although the pain may decrease with time, tight muscles and stiff joints don’t magically disappear on their own. Don’t “wait it out” until the next maintenance appointment. If you are in pain right now, schedule an appointment here and get it fixed.
If you have any other questions about what you should be doing please don’t hesitate to ask. You can comment below, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or come ask me in person. As always, thank you for reading and stay healthy!