Alright, you bit the bullet and saw a chiropractor for that persistent back pain. But somehow, after leaving the chiropractor’s office, you feel worse instead of better. Is this normal? Should your body hurt after a chiropractic adjustment? Is it just one of those “it’ll get worse before it gets better” things? Or does this mean that something went wrong in the appointment and that you should look for another chiropractor?
Here’s what you need to know about whether or not it is normal for your body to hurt after a chiropractic adjustment.
Normal Reasons Why Your Body Hurts After A Chiropractic Adjustment
In some cases, it’s perfectly normal to experience some soreness and to feel a bit worse in the days following a chiropractic adjustment. It’s quite common for people to experience soreness after having an adjustment done. This typically isn’t anything to worry about, and indeed, in many cases, even indicates that the treatment is working!
Here are some of the normal reasons for why your body can hurt after a chiropractic adjustment.
#1. Understimulated Muscles Have Been Stimulated
You know when you go to the gym and feel great at the time, but then the next day, you’re sore? When you have an adjustment done, your body is adjusting to using the correct muscles. This can lead to soreness, as your body has grown accustomed to not using them.
#2. Your Body Is Adjusting To Better Posture
When you’re used to slouching, your body becomes adjusted to it. If you’ve ever tried to fix your posture on your own, you’ve likely noticed some soreness and tiredness from the effort it takes. When you see a chiropractor, they adjust your spine to its correct position, which helps to improve your posture. This can cause some light pain as your body gets used to it.
#3. Your Nerves Are Adjusting
Just like your muscles, your nerves need a bit of time in order to adjust to the change in your vertebrae’s position too. This can also result in a bit of pain as your body adjusts.
Chiropractic care is meant to improve your pain. For some people, they notice an improvement immediately. For others, it can take a bit of time while their body adjusts to having been adjusted before they experience relief.
So, in summary, it’s normal to have some soreness and discomfort after an adjustment, as long as it isn’t severe.
What Isn’t Normal To Experience After An Adjustment
While the above symptoms are normal, there are indeed cases where chiropractic care can go wrong, and you experience symptoms that you really shouldn’t. Some light pain is normal – severe pain is not.
While chiropractic care is safe when performed by a licensed professional, if you experience the following symptoms, you should seek out medical attention.
You shouldn’t experience any new numbness after an adjustment. If you do, this is likely a nerve issue.
#2. Sharp Pain
A little bit of pain, like soreness, is normal. But if your pain is sharp or severe, this could mean that something was misaligned or strained.
#3. Trouble Speaking
You should never have trouble talking after a chiropractic appointment. If you do, this can indicate damage to your spinal cord, and you should seek out emergency medical attention.
#4. Loss Of Movement
Chiropractic care is meant to improve your mobility, not impair it. Loss of movement does not mean the stiffness that can accompany soreness, but true loss of movement.
Some people can feel a bit dizzy after seeing a chiropractor, but it should never be extreme or cause you to faint.
Following the doctor, if you continue with chiropractic care, either with the same chiropractor or someone else, inform them about what happened, so that they can better adjust your care to you.
Are Your Symptoms Normal Or Not?
The best way to know is to consult with your chiropractor and/or a medical professional. They will be able to tell you whether or not what you are experiencing is normal, or whether it means that either something went wrong or there’s an underlying issue.
Even if your symptoms are to be expected, it’s still good to let your chiropractor know what you’ve been feeling. That way, they can make any adjustments to your care that could be needed in order to ensure it is better suited to you. They can also educate you on why you’re feeling the way you are, and information is always good to have.
Elite Chiropractic is here to help you with safe, chiropractic care. Contact us today to schedule an appointment, and don’t hesitate to ask us about what is and isn’t normal to feel after an adjustment.