When a doctor of chiropractic treats you for any number of issues, from joint pain to back aches, they will many times encourage additional therapies for you to utilize at home that are meant to work in tandem with chiropractic work for greater benefits to your health. In order to further reduce pain, improve mobility in your joints, and increase the overall functioning capability of your body, talk with your doctor of chiropractic about adding some of these additional therapies into your daily routine at home.
Additional home therapy will also increase the prevention of any pain or discomfort from an ailment or injury from returning at a later date. Here are some additional home therapies you may want to try in between sessions of chiropractic adjustments.
Muscle Stretching And Relaxation
Very often, the reason why you turn to chiropractic treatments is that your joints and muscles feel stiff or otherwise immobilized. This can be due to an injury that’s new or old, or it can be the result of a variety of health condition, from fibromyalgia to arthritis to even menopause. Whatever the reason, you can work on some light stretching and mobilization techniques at home as an effective adjunct therapy to your chiropractic sessions. Focus on your hamstrings and your lower back muscles next to the lumbar spine for the most noticeable benefits to your health and wellness.
Cryotherapy (Ice Packs)
One of the most common of these therapies recommended by chiropractic doctors is cryotherapy, which is strategic application of ice packs to areas on the body that may be irritated or inflamed due to a number of conditions. Ice packs will work in conjunction with your chiropractic adjustments to calm any nerve roots in your body that may be irritated, while also working to decrease painful inflammation, especially in your spinal discs. In the immediate aftermath of certain sports injuries, it’s best to apply an ice pack to the affected area right away so as to decrease the chances of pain and swelling developing at a later time.
This type of therapy involves using heat to soothe and relax your nervous system. Rather than simply using heat pads, diathermy involves using heat to stimulate your deep tissue, which will dilate your capillaries, arteries, and lymph vessels to allow for relief from congestion and interference by increasing circulation. White blood cell production will also tend to increase with diathermy therapy.
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