It’s no secret that water is vital to our well-being but staying hydrated following a chiropractic adjustment is something many people don’t think about. If you’ve ever come into Premier Injury Clinics for a spinal adjustment, you’ve probably heard our doctors and staff talking about the importance of staying hydrated. While this may seem redundant, we can assure you it is not. There are numerous reasons why hydration is so integral to your chiropractic experience, many of which we are going to look at today.
Why Water Matters After an Adjustment
Chances are your body will feel different after you visit the chiropractor, which is completely normal. Many people experience some mild side effects within the first 24 hours. This is nothing to worry about, as it is simply the body adjusting to the work that was done. Side effects may include some soreness, flu or cold-like symptoms, nausea, headaches, and dizziness. There are many reasons why these symptoms occur, namely because chiropractic adjustments help to release toxins within the body. When you come in for an adjustment, the goal of your chiropractor is to get your body into proper alignment, which then releases stress and tension within the spine. Getting the body into alignment then allows the toxins that have built up to release, which can cause the symptoms mentioned earlier.
Upping your water intake following an adjustment will aid in the release of these toxins, helping your body get back to normal as quickly as possible. We have found that patients who stay committed to hydration experience far fewer unpleasant side effects after an adjustment, which is just one of the reasons why we are such advocates for water consumption.
Water also helps to nourish and support the discs between the vertebrae of the spine, keeping it mobile, flexible, and problem-free.
Facts About Drinking Water and Chiropractic Adjustments
The human body is made up of approximately 70 percent water. If you fail to drink enough water, your organs have a much more difficult time functioning as they should. This is when toxins start to build up, as they are not being filtered out by water. Dehydrated individuals often report feeling sluggish, tired, and lethargic, as well as having difficulty sleeping. Water is important to every aspect of the body, but this is especially the case following a spinal adjustment. So where are these toxins being stored, anyway? Your muscles. One of the most common toxins within the body is called lactic acid, which causes your muscles to ache when you work or when you have an area of tension. If you do not drink enough water, this lactic acid is more likely to stick around, resulting in general body aches and pains.
The body is an incredibly interconnected system that relies on your actions to remain happy, healthy, and functioning at full capacity. Staying hydrated is one of the best things you can do to support your system, especially after a chiropractic adjustment when things are realigned. The amount of water you should drink will depend on the person, but ideally, you should be consuming half your body weight in water. If you weigh 140 pounds, for example, you should be drinking 70 ounces of water each day. This may seem like a lot, but it is imperative to your system. To learn more about what to expect following a chiropractic adjustment, please contact any Premier Injury Clinics of the DFW location today.