Experiences after a Chiropractic Adjustment

Each person’s body is unique and may experience numerous changes after their Chiropractic adjustment. These changes depend upon a person’s age, severity and duration of their condition, spine and nerve irritation, as well as level of stress.

The following experiences are a few examples:

  • Immediate improvement.
  • Some Improvement along with soreness in the area of Adjustment.
  • Soreness all over.
  • Symptoms may appear to be worse but gradually improve.
  • Changes may not be detectable.
  • Physical release such as tingling, warmth or chills.
  • Emotional release such as laughing or crying.
  • Chemical release such as nasal discharge, sweating, sneezing or nausea.
  • Improvement in overall physical health and personal issues.

Always remember: Pain is the last symptom to appear and first symptom to disappear.  Absence of pain will not indicate that the underlying problem has been fully corrected.


Healing takes Time!

Here are a few suggestions to keep your body healthy:

  • Regular spinal adjustments
  • Drinking sufficient amounts of water
  • Exercising and movement
  • Proper amount of sleep
  • Eating healthy
  • Deep breathing
  • Positive thinking and feelings
  • Maintaining a stress-free environment


Your Results May Vary

Due to:

  • Severity of the injury
  • How long you’ve had the injury
  • Your age
  • Your overall health and ability to recover
  • Your compliance with care
  • Ability to avoid activities that perpetuate the injury

Put your Pain on Ice

If you have ever had a bad ankle sprain, you know from experience how sensitive a swollen joint can be.  Movement in any direction can irritate a swollen joint capsule, and pressure on the joint can result in excruciating pain.  When the affected joint happens to be a spinal joint, however, the intensity of pain can rise off the charts.  Whether the injury occurs bit by bit or all at once inflammation occurs which increases the pressure on sensitive spinal nerve roots.  This not only exacerbates back pain, but the pain can travel along the nerve pathway into the body.

Inflammation is part of the body’s natural healing response, but when it becomes excessive or prolonged it can aggravate already painful symptoms.  One option is to medicate with a prescription anti-inflammatory or over-the-counter drug.  While these medications can help to temporarily reduce swelling, they always come at a cost.  Any drug that you ingest, even one that you buy off the shelf, must be processed and filtered by the body, so in effect you are only swapping out one stress for another when you medicate for inflammation.

The safer, more effective option for reducing swelling is to simply use ice.  When used properly an ice pack can control inflammation as good as medication, and without the dangerous side effects.

Here are some tips to help give your pain the deep freeze:

  • Invest in a soft pliable ice pack that can be easily molded to fit the body’s contours.
  • Always wrap the ice pack in a towel, do not apply directly to the skin.
  • Limit ice to 15-20 minutes at  time, or through the 4 phases of C-BAN (cold, burning, aching, numbness).
  • Ice after stretching or exercise, never before.
  • Ice is recommended for as long as inflammation persists.


Turn up the Heat

Chronic muscle tension and spasm is not only uncomfortable, it can hamper your range of motion, affect job performance, and decrease your overall quality of life.

Subluxated spinal joints create an imbalance in the musculature surrounding the spine, and when the subluxation becomes chronic, so does the muscle spasm.  Subluxations can also alter the nerve flow into a muscle, causing it to continually fire, resulting in constant muscle tension.  Adjusting pressure off of the nerve re-establishes the proper signal into the muscle and realigning the vertebra also allows the muscles to physically relax back into their natural position.

In cases of chronic spasm, one of the simplest and most effective things you can do to complement your adjustments is to use moist heat to reduce the intensity of muscle tension.  This is an excellent habit to get into between your adjustments.  Reducing the severity of muscle tension will help to ease the pulling forces on the vertebra, which typically means that your adjustment will have longer-lasting effects.


  • Always use moist heat.  Moist heat will penetrate deeper and is more effective than dry heat at relaxing chronic muscle tension.  Also, your muscles are made mostly of water and moist heat poses no risk of dehydration.
  • Never place a hot pack directly on the skin.  Use a towel or terry cloth cover over your hot pack.
  • Limit the use of a hot pack to 15-20 minutes at a time.  The body can quickly adapt to the heat and prolonged sessions can easily result in burns.
  • In cases of an acute flare up of a chronic problem, use ice first to reduce inflammation, and then switch over to moist heat.
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