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Common Effects after the First Chiropractic Adjustment

Common Effects after the First Chiropractic Adjustment

If you’re a new chiropractic patient, you might be wondering how you’ll feel after the first chiropractic adjustment. There’s nothing to fear, as you’ll be in good hands, literally!

The reality is that your body will go through some changes and it might hurt a bit, but you’ll feel so much relief after the pain has subsided. Due to the fact that each person heals differently, there’s no guaranteed outcome to predict to how your body will respond after the first chiropractic adjustment. So here are five common effects that you’ll probably experience after your first visit to the chiropractor which are completely normal.

  1. Stiffness & Soreness 

After the chiropractor adjusts your body, it’s common for muscles and joints to feel a little sore and stiff. Post-treatment soreness feels like you’ve just engaged in a physically demanding sport like playing basketball for hours at a time. Usually stiffness lasts 24-48 hours after your appointment. During this time, it’s a good idea to refrain from strenuous physical activity and take it easy by resting at home. Let your whole body relax!

  1. Headaches

Within several hours after the chiropractic adjustment you may get a headache. But it really depends where on your body you got the adjustment. It is common to get headaches for those patients who received upper cervical adjustments or when trigger points were stimulated in the posterior neck muscles.

3. Internal Changes

As mentioned earlier, everyone is different so post-chiropractic effects differ from each person. Some patients don’t feel any thing different after their first adjustment, which is common. This doesn’t mean that the adjustment was ineffective or that your body hasn’t changed.

The chiropractic adjustment is meant to create new energy flow that restores your body and it usually takes a little over 48 hours to notice a real effect. But don’t get discouraged, in the coming weeks you’ll feel better and stay a float by communicating with your chiropractor, so that you can track your progress.

  1. Tiredness

Many patients claim to experience tiredness after getting an adjustment. If you got an extensive chiropractic adjustment or physical therapy treatments involving hot packs, because this moist heat on the body can cause dehydration. So to avoid feeling extremely tired after your chiropractic appointment, drink plenty of water after to stay hydrated.

  1. Improvements

After a few days of getting a chiropractic adjustment, many patients start to feel improvements throughout their body claiming to feel relaxed and flexible. Others claim to feel a rejuvenation of natural energy through out their body because the nerves are now working properly. That’s an amazing feeling to have after having a chiropractic adjustment. So remember to note these improvements down in your health notes and bring them to the attention to your chiropractor for your next visit.


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