Why does my alignment go back to the way it was after my adjustment?
Alignment issues are usually long standing patterns in the body, sometimes even from birth. Getting adjusted a series of times is important because it helps your brain to break the patterns in your body that are causing dysfunction.
Maintaining regular maintenance apppointments after your initial series of adjustments is important too! It helps to keep the nervous system healthy and prevent any dysfunctional patterns from occurring.
Misalignments or dysfunctional movemment patterns can be caused by many things: trauma (emotional and physical), stress, toxins (environmental or toxins from food/drugs), and patterns of movement (how you stand/sit, how many hours you sit, etc). The good news is that you have control over most of these things and can actively work to change what you can. If you feel that your adjustments aren’t holding like you would like them to and you are getting regular chiropractic adjustments, you can look at your nutrition - what you are putting into your body - and see if you can make any changes there. You can add whole food supplementation to make up for any lacking nutrients. Look at things you do every day! If you sit a lot you can get up and take water or bathroom breaks, and try to get at least 20 minutes of movement each day. When you stand, do you notice you stand more on one leg than the other? Try standing evenly on both feet or switch the leg you are standing on.
Looking at stress levels and reactivity to stressors is important too. While we cannot control most of the things that cause stress we can have power over our reactions to those things. Stress puts us dominantly in our Sympathetic Nervous System (fight or flight), but our body heals predominantly with the Parasympathetic Nervous System (rest and digest). If you are constantly in the fight or flight phase, it is very difficult for your body to heal. If you notice you feel stressed and react to this stress more than you would like, using simple breathing techniques like belly breathing, meditation, or mindfulness can help bring you back into your parasympathetic nervous system and restore a sense of calm.
If you have any questions about nutrition, supplementation or stress management tools I am happy to help in any way I can!
Hope you all have a healthy and happy week!