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What Happens Post Adjustment?

After visiting a chiropractor, many individuals may wonder, ‘What happens post adjustment?” However, as every patient is unique, each individual will respond differently to chiropractic treatments. Likewise, physical responses after an adjustment will depend on a variety of factors, as no two patients will be alike. You may have heard that many individuals may experience cold or flu-like symptoms after receiving an adjustment. While this may hold true for some patients, other patients will not experience any undesirable symptoms, and in any case, benefits often far outweigh any temporary discomfort. Be sure to discuss any questions you may have regarding your treatment plan with your chiropractor. Below we will dive into common adjustment experiences and why experiencing symptoms such as fatigue after initially receiving an adjustment indicates positive progression.

If you are experiencing pain or discomfort, call Atlas Total Health Chiropractic at (866) 668-0108 or contact us online to schedule your consultation, and we can help you to understand what to expect regarding your individualized treatment plan.

​​What Happens After Chiropractic Adjustment?

Many individuals want to know what they might be able to expect after receiving a chiropractic adjustment. While your chiropractor will discuss this with you more in detail at your appointment, adjustments can lead to either immediate relief or a gradual improvement over time. Progress will vary from individual to individual and the severity of their symptoms. It is essential that you monitor your symptoms and let your chiropractor know of any changes so that they can support you as efficiently as possible.

If your pain is relieved immediately, this is terrific news! Yet, you should continue monitoring your symptoms to see if the pain returns or if any new symptoms arise. If you notice any new symptoms or returning pain, take note of what you are doing when this occurs so that we can help determine if there is anything particular triggering your pain. However, if you don’t experience relief immediately, don’t worry. Your nervous system will often require time to respond to an adjustment. Some people feel sore after an adjustment. Others have immediate relief. If you experience relief, that’s great! However, you should monitor the problem and visit your chiropractor again if the pain comes back.

After an adjustment, you may feel stiffness in areas that were not the original source of pain or discomfort. In many cases, when your spine is aligned, it will bring attention to other stressors. For example, when your back is aligned, it may cause soreness in the hip, which will typically subside within a day. If you are experiencing any soreness after an adjustment, you may generally return to normal activities within a day or two of your adjustment. Speak with your chiropractor to determine a plan that works well for you.

Additionally, if the issue is severe or has been long-standing several adjustments may be necessary. If after 24 hours you don’t notice an improvement in symptoms, call our office. Finally, you should keep in mind that relief of tension, such as after a chiropractic adjustment, can trigger flu-like symptoms. After an adjustment, make sure you drink plenty of water and stay hydrated. If you experience muscle soreness, you may apply ice to the area.

Post Adjustment Chiropractic Benefits

Chiropractic adjustments are a drug-free treatment method used to heal the body naturally. Post-adjustment chiropractic benefits can include, but are not limited to:

  • Headache relief
  • Improved mental clarity
  • Relief from back pain
  • Relief from neck pain
  • Bowel regularity
  • Ear infection relief
  • Arthritis and joint pain relief
  • Asthma relief
  • Surgical prevention

Post Adjustment Chiropractic Dizziness

Many patients may indeed experience some dizziness after receiving a chiropractic adjustment. Although this may sound slightly off-putting, it is actually a sign of a positive physical reaction to treatment. After a chiropractic adjustment, toxins within your body will be released, which may temporarily cause some minor less than pleasant symptoms. However, this is a natural reaction to your body adjusting to the expulsion of toxins, and symptoms will soon pass.

Some symptoms you may experience after receiving an adjustment include:

  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Tight muscles
  • Nausea
  • Night Sweats

It is very typical to feel tired after a chiropractic adjustment. This is from the process of your body and nervous system adjusting to the treatment. Subluxations cause the nervous system to become blocked, and clearing blockages can lead to an adjustment period, in which your body may become tired or experience temporary flu-like symptoms while your body flushes out the toxins.

What Toxins Are Released After Chiropractic Adjustment

Toxins from the environment, food, candles, perfumes, and more can aggregate and become lodged in the body. In this sense, a toxin may be considered any harmful substance that is not useful to the body. Additionally, misalignment of the body can result in toxins becoming encapsulated around the spines and joints. After receiving an adjustment, toxins will be released into the bloodstream, causing an immune response. Common toxins that may be released include pesticides, flame retardants, polychlorinated biphenyls, and more. Luckily, after these toxins are released into the bloodstream, they are on their way to being eliminated.

How Often Should You Get an Adjustment from a Chiropractor

How often you should get an adjustment from a chiropractor depends on your personal goals for recovery and the type of injury or symptoms you are seeking treatment for. Many treatment plans will require frequent adjustments initially, and frequency will reduce over time as treatments focus more on maintenance rather than repair. Many injuries will require between 4-12 sessions to achieve alignment and maxim benefits. However, ongoing maintenance will prevent pain and will help reduce the chance of injuries occurring in the future due to spinal misalignment. If you are experiencing any back, neck, or joint pain or would like to learn more about what a chiropractor can do for you to get you feeling at your best, contact Atlas Total Health Chiropractic to receive your consultation by calling (866) 668-0108 or contact us online.