Is It Normal to Feel Worse After Seeing a Chiropractor?

Oct 8, 2020

Is It Normal to Feel Worse After Seeing a ChiropractorIf you are seeking pain relief from a spine specialist, it may feel counterintuitive to learn that sometimes, an adjustment causes even more pain. While this is true for many people, the good news is that this pain is productive pain that is short-lived as it helps your body to heal and adjust to more healthy positioning. When visiting a Conyers orthopedics doctor or chiropractor, it can be helpful to understand what to expect and why you may have certain reactions to an adjustment.

Muscle Soreness

To understand why you may experience soreness after a chiropractic adjustment, you can think of it as similar to the process of trying a new workout routine. When you introduce new exercises, you will often feel sore in the aftermath as your body begins to adjust to new movements and engage muscles that were previously not being used. The more you do the exercise, the less pain you are in and the less time the pain lasts, until you can eventually perform the activity without feeling these effects.

A chiropractic adjustment is like a workout for your back! As your spine is moved into a more healthy position, you may begin to engage muscles that were not being used before, or muscles may begin to rest after compensating for any misalignments that were there previously. After regular care from a Conyers orthopedics specialist, your spine will become more aligned and small adjustments will cause you less pain. Just like you may endure some soreness for an exercise routine, the soreness after an adjustment is helping you to get stronger and improve your health.

Release of Toxins

In addition to soreness, some people leave the chiropractor office with mild cold or flu-like symptoms, such as a cough or a stuffy nose. This is not because of unhygienic practices, but is actually a positive reaction to adjustments known as toxic relief. The manual manipulation done during an adjustment can cause your body to release some of the toxins it is storing and flush the system out. While this is great for your health, it can have some unpleasant side effects initially.

One common way that toxic relief presents itself is in a feeling of fatigue following your appointment. You may also notice headaches, night sweats, tight muscles, or diarrhea during this time. This is because your body is adjusting as your nervous system reacts to treatment. Your nervous system was likely being jammed up by toxins prior to your alignment, and nerves are returning to an optional level of functioning.

You can think of your nervous system like a garden hose in this case. If there is a bend in the hose, the water gets stuck and is unable to flow and properly exit the hose. A misalignment in your spine acts like that bend, blocking the flow of energy and allowing pressure to build up. That pressure is what leads to common complaints like headaches or chronic back pain, and can be relieved through adjustments at a Conyers orthopedics center. Your body then has to adjust to the new flow of energy, causing these symptoms for a short period of time.

Share Your Fears with Your Chiropractor

When you get to pick a chiropractor for your first adjustment, they should take the time to explain to you what you can expect before, during, and after your adjustment. This can help you feel at ease about the process. If you are worried about pain following the adjustment, your chiropractor can provide you with ideas on ways to relieve that pain without making your original injury worse in any way. When your chiropractor knows what your fears and concerns are, they can take special care to make you feel comfortable throughout your appointment, or even explain why particular areas may feel more sore than others. An open discussion can also help you ensure your goals for treatment align with the chiropractor’s plans and goals so that you are working towards the same outcome.

At AICA Conyers, our chiropractors work with a team of multidisciplinary specialists to create holistic and individualized treatment plans for each of our patients. Our Conyers orthopedics specialists, chiropractors, neurologists, physical therapists, and pain management specialists will work together to determine the best plan to reduce your pain, using both in-office care and management of any pain you experience after your appointment. To begin creating a plan that works for you, contact AICA Conyers today and schedule your first adjustment.