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Toxic Release From ChiropracticTreatment

When visiting the chiropractor, especially if it is your first time, you may experience slight cold or flu-like symptoms after your visit. No, this is not due to the clinic being unhygienic, or from the chiropractic work itself, but from something called toxic relief.

Up to 20 percent of patients experience this condition after getting chiropractic adjustments, and although it sounds scary, it is actually a positive reaction to your treatments. This is because the toxins in your body are being released by the manipulations, which is great news. Unfortunately, the expelling of these toxins can cause some temporary unpleasant symptoms. Just know that it is just your body adjusting to the expulsion of all that negative energy, and the symptoms will soon pass.

Some of the symptoms you may experience if your body does go through toxic release are fatigue, headache, night sweats, tight muscles and diarrhea. Feeling extremely tired after a chiropractic session is very common. This is due to your body adjusting to the new way your nervous system is reacting to the treatment. Before your alignment, its likely that your nervous system was being jammed up in areas by subluxations. However, through chiropractic manipulations, your nerves may be able to work at their optimal level, which can be very tiring to the body if it has been deprived of this for some time.

Your body is reacting to chemical signals from the brain to the spinal cord constantly throughout the day. When that flow of energy gets disrupted due to spinal subluxations, or dysfunctions of the spine, then that course of action is slowed down. By clearing out those blockages and regulating that flow of information to its optimal speed, then there is going to be an adjustment period for your body, causing it to feel very tired, and even sick, in the meantime. 

A better way of imagining this process is to think of your nervous system as a garden hose. When there is a kink in the hose then the water gets jammed, unable to flow throughout the hose efficiently. This is the same for your nervous system. If there is a subluxation in your spine, it blocks that flow of energy causing pressure to build up. That pressure can cause a number of ailments, from headaches to chronic pain. That pressure needs to be released through spinal manipulations in order to regulate the flow. The adjustment your body has to this new flow of energy is what ends up causing those cold-like symptoms. However, don’t worry, they won’t last long, and the benefits you will get from the chiropractic treatments may make it worth it. 

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