At CW Rehab, we provide patients with several types of rehabilitative therapies: Chiropractic care, Physiotherapy, Therapeutic Massage, Acupuncture, Custom Orthotics, and Sports Conditioning. When patients are treated in our office, their bodies are mobilized, muscles are worked, spinal alignment is corrected, feet are adjusted, and more. Following proper post-rehabilitation protocol is important to maintain the efficacy of treatment and reduce pain.
Any sort of rehabilitation or treatment that you go through puts a certain amount of strain on your body – even though it can feel good! However, if you want to get the most out of your treatment, and not be overly sore through the recovery process, we recommend you follow our signature “Posture, Sleep, Water” post-rehabilitation protocol.
Dr. Sohil Shafiei, the rehabilitation clinic director at CW Rehab, shares his expertise in this blog. Following our recommended post-rehab protocol will reduce inflammation and help you get the most out of our visit. The best part is, you can do all of this from the comfort of your own home!
Normal Post-Rehabilitation Symptoms
When going through recovery, being sore and stiff afterward can be very off-putting. However, it may be reassuring to know that Dr. Sohil reports “releasing fascia can actually cause soreness and stiffness for around 1-3 days. This is perfectly normal.” You can get the most out of your recovery by remembering and implementing these three letters into your post-treatment regimen: PSW (posture, sleep, water).
P: Post-Treatment Posture
Immediately upon receiving treatment, Dr. Sohil says to be “aware of your posture and very cognizant of it for 2-3 days after. Dr. Sohil recommends this because “this is a way for the body to recalibrate from a neurological, alignment, and pressure perspective.” Staying hyper-aware of keeping proper posture helps with blood flow and allows you to be less sore in the long run by supporting your muscles, tendons, and ligaments.
S: Post-Treatment Sleep
This may seem self-explanatory, but getting quality sleep after rehabilitation is essential to the process. “By getting adequate sleep, you can control inflammation better, recover better, and get the desired benefits sooner”. While you sleep, your body begins the recovery and healing process. You must prioritize getting a good night’s sleep and let your cells go to work!
W: Post-Treatment Water
To effectively summarize the effect that water consumption has on your treatment, remember that “if we’re dehydrated, the inflammation we drum up post-treatment has a concentrated effect whereas if we’re well hydrated, the inflammation we drum up post-treatment has a diluted effect.” The more water you drink, the less sore you will be and the quicker you will recover. We all know to stay hydrated, so fill up that water bottle and make sure you’re drinking enough post-rehab H2O!
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If you or someone you know has just gone through rehabilitation, share this article with them so they can enjoy the full benefits of their treatment. The general idea is that ”movement is medicine and motion is lotion.” It’s also important to have a dynamic mindset when it comes to post-rehabilitation – any time you stay stagnant or stationary, it’s not good for post-treatment.
Our expertly trained and certified practitioners are dedicated to providing healthcare solutions and post-rehabilitation protocol that address your unique needs and serve individuals in downtown Toronto. Book an appointment with us today!