When your visit to the chiropractor ends, what’s the first thing you do? Do you jump in the car and rush home to finish your day? Instead of doing that, you may want to grab a bottle of water and do some walking.
To enjoy a piano it needs to be in tune. This relies on the tension in wires of varying thicknesses to create the notes. In a similar way, to enjoy your body you need to ensure things that your muscles have good tone and can work together-both with and against each other. This is called “synergistically” and “antagonistically” respectively. One of the best ways to do this is to go for a walk. As you move from step to step, groups of muscles contract and relax with one another.
But, of course, to know a piano is in tune you must play it. To know you are healthy, you have to use your body. Walking is by far one of the best ways of doing this. People who tell you to “walk something off” are often wise to do so. This is because the body is wired to walk, which means that walking is usually therapeutic. However, for muscles to be appropriately in balance (read: balanced tension) with one another, their attachment points-the bones of your skeleton-need to be properly aligned.
That is why it is a good idea to go for a walk after you have had a chiropractic adjustment. The adjustment will ensure all of your muscles will be able to generate the right amount of tension to contract in the right way. And, walking, whether it be home from your appointment or for simple leisure, will help you to notice the improvements in the way your body works. It will also reinforce the treatment for your nervous system as it becomes familiar with your bones being in the exact alignment they should be and muscles generating the proper forces to move you efficiently.