How should I feel after an adjustment?

The Chiropractic spinal adjustment is a very powerful procedure. People often experience different feelings after an adjustment as nerves to many different parts of the body are affected.

After an adjustment some people experience a feeling of peace and relaxation. Others have felt a warm soothing feeling, flowing to various parts of their bodies. Some feel very energetic and go about their day with a light, happy feeling. Others may find that their symptoms have begun to disappear. Furthermore, there are some people who feel no different after an adjustment, simply because their body shows no sign of external reaction.

Other people, usually a small minority, may feel discomfort, a headache, or other uncomfortable feelings. Fortunately, even those experiencing such a first time reaction to the adjustment later enjoy the feeling of well being that usually accompanies an adjustment after a short period of time. If your problem is an acute one, such as inflammation and muscle spasm, you may continue to feel sore for a while. Applying the instructions regarding rest and ice therapy will help to ease these issues.


What cause these reactions?

  1. Some muscles are realigning the spine after an adjustment. These muscles often have not worked properly for years and may be in a weak state. The condition is temporary and will disappear after the muscles have strengthened themselves.
  2. Sometimes nerves that were impinged for years due to subluxations are now ‘coming back to life’ or healing or becoming re-sensitive.
  3. Nerves that begin to send nerve impulses or ‘life energy’ may give you a ‘high’ as may tension release from long standing stress fixations in your body.

Please remember that the true benefits of the adjustment are usually found below the conscious level such as improved energy, better sleep and better nerve system function. As the flow of nerve impulses over the spinal cord and spinal nerves is normalised, your body is beginning to renew and build itself.


Things that you can do to help yourself.

  1. Go for a 3 minute walk after each adjustment before you hop into your car. This will speed up your recovery by increasing spinal movement and nerve flow.
  2. Avoid rubbing or poking the areas of pain and where you have been adjusted.
  3. Avoid twists and turns. Do not bend too far in any direction. Where ever possible bend your knees to lift things, even small objects from the floor. This reduces the amount of pressure of the nerves to your lower back. Hold objects close to your body if lifting and do not twist your body – use your feet.
  4. Maintain correct posture, especially if studying, working at the PC and watching television.
  5. Sleep on a firm mattress and throw it out if it is more than ten years old. Old couches that let you sink down in the middle are not much better. Shoes without a good arch support are like a bad mattress.
  6. Make sure that your sleeping posture is correct – lie on your side with your knees bent or on your back and make sure your pillow supports the natural curves of your neck.

Keep your appointments as scheduled. This is the most effective way to have your adjustments hold that we know of…..Haphazard appointments mean haphazard results.

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