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How You May Feel After Your First Adjustment

By Sara Butler

If you’re new to the world of chiropractic you may wonder what you can expect to feel after the adjustment has been done. That’s a very common question for people new to chiropractic. Though everyone is different, here are a few things you may experience after you’ve been adjusted.

A Little Terminology

It’s important to understand the basic concepts of chiropractic going into your first adjustment so you know what your chiropractor is doing and saying. Of course, you should never be afraid to ask any questions during your visit.

Chiropractors focus on misalignments of the spine called subluxations. These misalignments can happen for a variety of reasons and in talking with you, your chiropractor should be able to determine if any of your lifestyle factors are playing a part. These subluxations interrupt the communication between your central nervous system and the rest of your body and that can lead to several health problems. Common problems that result from subluxations include:

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Headaches

The adjustments done by your chiropractor are meant to restore alignment, proper function, and movement to your spine and joints.

Will You Feel Better Right Away?

This really depends on the individual, but many people do feel better right after their adjustment. If your body has spent a long time out of alignment then being aligned again will feel good, and you might feel more relaxed and flexible afterward as well.

Just know the relief you feel may not last, though. It may take a while for your muscles to be trained to hold your joints in proper alignment so don’t be discouraged or think it’s not working if the relief doesn’t last.

Will You Feel Discomfort?

The other side of the instant relief coin is feeling uncomfortable after an adjustment. Your body may not recognize being in alignment for the first time because it has gotten used to less than perfect postures. You might even feel a little achy or sore in your joints. It shouldn’t last longer than a day, but if you’re concerned about it, ask your chiropractor what you might be able to do to relieve the discomfort after your adjustment.

What If You Don’t Feel Anything?

There’s always this option – that you won’t feel any different after an adjustment. This doesn’t mean the adjustment didn’t do anything for you; it’s simply how your body has responded to it. It may take a day or two for you to notice any changes in your body, but it’s really important to stick to your chiropractor’s treatment plan so don’t let this keep you away!

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