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Chiropractors Explain Soreness After Adjustments

By Lana Bandoim

After a spinal adjustment, you may have some soreness or achiness. This is a normal part of the process and should go away over time, usually a very short period. Chiropractors explain that many patients feel soreness, and it is not an indication of a bigger problem.


Soreness is a normal side effect after a spinal adjustment. Some people experience minor aches in the parts of the body that are adjusted. In general, chiropractors try to use a gentle approach to treat alignment problems. However, any type of alignment can create some aches. Previous injuries, past traumas and other things can affect a person’s reaction to treatment. You may feel soreness in the muscles and joints.


Usually, the soreness does not last more than 24 hours. Some patients share that their soreness goes away faster and only lasts a couple of hours after an adjustment. Chiropractors explain that regular treatments may decrease the soreness completely. This means that you have some soreness after the first spinal adjustment but seeing a chiropractor regularly can reduce it.


Chiropractic visits are safe and not invasive. There are no needles, surgeries or medications involved in the process. Chiropractors point out that having some soreness after an adjustment is a normal part of the treatment process and not a major concern.

Heat and Ice

Your chiropractor may recommend using an ice pack or heat source after an adjustment. This may decrease soreness and aches. Make sure to talk to the chiropractor before using a home remedy. Chiropractors have specific reasons for suggesting certain home treatment options, and it is important to follow their advice.

Stretches and Exercise

Chiropractors recommend staying active and doing stretches. Your chiropractor may suggest specific exercises that can be done at home. Both stretches and exercise can decrease soreness. Talk to your chiropractor about any concerns or limitations that can prevent their completion. Make sure you understand how to do the exercises or stretches before attempting them at home. It is better to ask more questions instead of guessing how to do a particular workout.  

The chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic offer personalized care plans and a gentle approach to treatment. They care about their patients’ health and want to see them improve. They can explain the entire spinal adjustment process and how people feel once it is over. The Joint has convenient locations and a convenient schedule. The chiropractors also do not have insurance or copay requirements.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Roseville, Calif.

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