What to expect after Chiropractic Adjustment?
People who have never had a chiropractic adjustment frequently have many questions about how it will feel and what to expect. I am
Dr. Joe Esposito, along with a fantastic team of doctors, delighted to address inquiries from new and existing patients. Our chiropractors and physical therapists are available to assist you with a variety of health conditions, including chronic pain, migraines, and mobility issues.

Here, we’ll answer the most frequently asked questions concerning one of the most prevalent chiropractic therapies: spinal adjustment. A spinal adjustment can be really beneficial in a variety of ways. So, if you’ve ever considered this treatment option, understand what happens after having it done.

What is Chiropractic Adjustment?

Chiropractic adjustment is a technique in which trained specialists (chiropractors) use their hands or a tiny device to administer a controlled, impulsive push to a spinal joint. This therapy, also known as spinal manipulation, aims to improve spinal motion and physical function.

During a chiropractic adjustment, you will lie on your stomach so that the chiropractor can use carefully placed fast motions to push the joints of your spine back into position. The process is perfectly safe, but it should only be performed by a trained chiropractor. It’s vital to note that during an adjustment, your chiropractor helps to stimulate the nerve system, promoting proper function positively. There is never any movement or change to the spinal cord, which is a common concern among sufferers.

The weird feeling after Chiropractic Adjustment: Why does it happen?

When you have a crooked spine, toxins from your body form bubbles around the joints. If you feel “weird” or “off” after your first adjustment, know that this is a typical reaction to the toxins leaving your body. If you receive massage therapy, you may feel a similar relief. 

Toxins in your body come from the water you drink, the food you eat, the environment, and other sources that individuals are exposed to every day. Chiropractic adjustments aim to relieve inflammation in the spine and surrounding areas, so when you hear the iconic “Pop” and “Crack,” expect toxins to be released into your system.

Common good feelings: Expect after a Chiropractic Adjustment

Common good feelings: Expect after a Chiropractic Adjustment

Chiropractic tries to restore nervous system regulation through alignment changes. Because the nervous system is responsible for feeling, functioning, regulating, and, most crucially, adapting, an adjustment can produce a variety of changes. The following are some beneficial effects you may experience:

  • Better Sleep: Many clients report that their sleep improves following their initial adjustment. This could be related to a shift in the regulation of the autonomic nervous system. 
  • Increased Neck Range of Motion: Following an adjustment, a biomechanical and neurological change takes place. This might lead to an increase in range of motion because the joints are now in a better condition of alignment.
  • Improved Symptoms/Pain: You can see a good change in symptoms with the first adjustment, although this is more common after the third and fifth adjustments. 
  • A sensation of reduced pressure: Adjustments to the upper cervical region have been found to aid cerebrospinal fluid travel from the brain to the remainder of the spine. This can help relieve pressure inside the skull.
  • Clearer thoughts: Brain fog is a prevalent condition for our clients. Many of them report a reduction in brain fog after their initial adjustment. 

Common odd feelings: Expect after a Chiropractic Adjustment

Healing is a non-linear process. Before you reap the full benefits of chiropractic, you may suffer some dips and bumps while your body adjusts to the changes. The following are some of the things you may face:

  • Symptomatic Increase: Healing is not always a straight line, and you may encounter ups and downs on your recovery journey. This is frequent among headache and migraine sufferers, who typically notice an increase in severity and a decrease in frequency after the first few adjustments.
  • Mildly Increased Neck Pain or Tightness: Following a neck correction, your body may suffer temporary pain or tightness as it adjusts to the new posture. This is typical and should progressively subside.
  • Mild Nerve Pain or Tingle: As stress is removed from the nervous system, you may feel tingling or twinging in specific places of your body. This is usually when the nerves adapt to the change.
  • Mild dizziness and double vision may develop 24-48 hours after the correction as a result of improved brainstem function. They are usually short-lived and will eventually stabilize.
  • Feeling “Not Right” in the Neck: Following an adjustment, your neck may feel different or “off.” This feeling is very short-term and should improve with rest and head support. The discomfort is frequently caused by a shift in the tone of the muscles in your neck. These muscles hold the misalignment in place. However, when an adjustment is made and the alignment changes, certain muscles relax while others tense. This can produce an odd sensation in the neck.
  • Low back pain: Misalignments in the upper cervical spine lead to muscular compensations all the way down the spine. These frequently cause the pelvis to become unbalanced, dragging one leg up and making it shorter than another. Adjustments modify muscle tone, which changes the muscular compensations across your spine, causing pain as your body adapts to the newer and more even load.

How do we speed up the healing process?

How do we speed up the healing process?

How long will the adaptation period be? It differs from man to man. Usually, it takes 2-3 months. But you can follow the following tips to speed up the healing process:

  • Get Plenty of Rest: Rest is essential both immediately after your adjustment and throughout the day. For the body to recover and fix, it must be in a parasympathetic ‘restful’ condition. While resting, use low-impact positions such as lying on your back or side with pillows supporting your head and lower back. This will help to stabilize the neck as conditions change. 
  • Drink plenty of fluids: The body requires water to function correctly; thus, being hydrated will aid in healing.
  • Avoid self-adjusting/clicking your neck: This can slow your recovery by introducing new stresses during the sensitive coping period. Controlled direction and magnitude are essential while adjusting your neck, which is why you should get it done by a specialist.
  • Enjoy a quiet and low-impact workout: Once the initial rest period is over, it becomes essential to keep the body moving. Humans were not meant to be sedentary. Daily walks are an excellent approach to ensure that your nervous system is actively recovering.

Final words

Healing is a unique process for each individual, and it is important to be patient with your body while it adapts to the changes caused by the adjustment.  

At Top Chiropractic, we realize that healing is not always a simple process, and that adjustments cause major neurological changes. As a result, it is totally natural to feel some discomfort or strange feelings as your body adjusts. However, we are here to help you during this time, whether you are feeling positive or destructive emotions. So, feel confident, and please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

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