During a visit to your chiropractor, the assessment and adjustment often take minimal time, which means that soon after you arrive, you'll be on your way again. Unlike some other types of health appointments, your actions in the hours after your chiropractic appointment can either promote or limit your body's ability to heal. While your chiropractor will specifically detail the things you should do after you leave the clinic, based on your condition there are a number of general rules that are important to follow. Making sure to avoid these three situations will help the healing process and make you feel better.

Becoming Dehydrated

Hydration after your chiropractic adjustment is necessary to allow your body to flush out any toxins that were released during the manipulation of your spine. Given that as many as three out of four Americans are chronically dehydrated, it's important to prevent your body from reaching this state if you wish to maximize the healing power of your chiropractic adjustment. Frequently drinking water is the best way to avoid dehydration; don't wait until you feel thirsty to start drinking, as you're already in the early stages of dehydration at this point. Additionally, in the hours that follow your appointment, stay away from caffeinated and alcoholic beverages, as these can further promote dehydration and will work against the treatment you just received.

Subjecting Yourself To Stress

Stress might often be seen as an issue of the mind, but the reality is that stress-related feelings can cause changes in your body. Tight muscles are common during periods of high stress; if you put yourself in a stressful situation right after your chiropractic adjustment, there's always a chance that your tight muscles will pull your spine away from the proper alignment it has just received. Plan your visit to the chiropractor's office so that it allows for some relaxing, stress-free time afterward. Ideally, this means not having to return to work and not having to fight heavy traffic on the way back to your home.

Pushing Yourself Physically

If you're an avid fitness enthusiast, it can be tempting to return to your typical workout routine after you've been to the chiropractor. Pushing yourself excessively, however, puts you at risk of undoing the progress made during the adjustment. It's better to skip your vigorous workout on the day of your adjustment and, instead, take a leisurely walk. Mild exercise, unless your chiropractor specifically recommends against it, is typically safe after an adjustment.