Is it Normal to Feel Sore After a Chiropractic Adjustment?

sore after chiropractic adjustmentSomeone, after seeking chiropractic treatment, patients experience muscle soreness. Many patients wonder if this is normal or okay. Your chiropractor is supposed to make you feel better, so why do you feel so sore? The good news is that soreness after a chiropractic adjustment is usually normal, and, depending on your treatment, should be expected.

In this post we’ll discuss why soreness is normal and whether you can avoid it in the future. 

Why are you sore after a chiropractic adjustment?

Soreness after a chiropractic adjustment or treatment may be attributed to a number of factors. If you were suffering from a severe subluxation in the spine, the vertebrae and surrounding muscles likely had undue pressure applied to them for an extended period of time. The release of that pressure from a chiropractic adjustment allows muscles and tendons to return to their natural positions. This relaxation of the muscles and tendons is often uncomfortable, resulting in soreness. 

Another reason you may be sore after treatment is because chiropractic treatments also tend to release toxins from your body. The release of these toxins can cause you to experience headaches, cold/flu like symptoms, and additional  muscle soreness. Sometimes you may experience tension after treatment, but it should only last for a few hours immediately following your appointment. Applying ice packs may also help soothe any discomfort.

Is soreness avoidable?

Well, not entirely. Don’t forget that you’re going to your chiropractor because you’re experiencing joint and muscle pain. Chiropractors deal in the manipulation of the affected areas and the body parts which influence them like our necks and backs.

Seeing your chiropractor on a regular basis will help you to leave treatment without soreness or with minimal discomfort. The more often you receive treatments the better shape your body will ultimately be in. If you’re not going into the physician’s office in the worst possible shape your treatments will not be as intensive, trying to correct quite possibly years of damage.

Is it always normal to be sore?

Again, it depends on the treatment you receive, but not all pains are normal. For instance, a perfectly normal side effect is to experience the soreness for a few hours after treatment. If the issue persists for several days, this could be cause for concern.

Other atypical symptoms include:

  • Vertigo
  • Shooting pain
  • Sharp, localized pain
  • Blurry vision

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you call your chiropractor immediately to decide if further treatment is warranted.

Seeing a chiropractor is just like any other physician. You wouldn’t expect to see the dentist for a filling and not come out the other end feeling a little tender. When treating physical ailments, you should expect to feel a difference afterward. After all, that’s what you came for! If you’re in the Redondo Beach area and looking for a chiropractor check out Catalina Medical.

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