When you go to the chiropractor for an adjustment, it is quite common to walk away with a little bit of soreness. Thankfully, this achiness shouldn’t stick around for long. Experiencing a little bit of tenderness or sore muscles is not an indication of a bigger problem, but a normal side effect of a spinal adjustment. Chiropractic adjustments are very gentle and an effective way to treat a wide range of ailments and concerns. However, any kind of spinal adjustment can result in some minor aches and pains. Whether you’ve suffered from previous injuries or traumas, or there is still work to be done in healing your body, there are numerous reasons why a patient may experience some achiness following a chiropractic adjustment here at Premier Injury Clinics of DFW.
Why Am I Sore?
If you notice your body is sore or achy following a chiropractic adjustment, it could be due to a phenomenon called retracing. Symptoms such as brief discomfort, soreness, or achiness can appear in some patients after a spinal adjustment because of a flare-up of an old injury. In other cases, patients may experience an increase in the symptoms that brought them to the chiropractor in the first place. The good news? This discomfort won’t stick around for long.
As is the case with many things we do in life, sometimes your symptoms will get worse before they get better. Depending on your condition and how long you’ve been in pain, it is quite common – even expected – that the vertebrae and any adjoining muscles will have some soreness following an adjustment. If these muscles have been under an abnormal amount of pressure or if your structure is out of alignment, getting things back into place can take time.
Another common reason why many patients experience discomfort immediately following a spinal adjustment is that the treatment can release toxins from the body. When these toxins are released, they can cause stiffness, soreness, discomfort, headaches, and even cold and flu symptoms.
When Should I Worry?
Soreness is common after chiropractic adjustments, but if these symptoms stick around for more than a day or two, be sure and contact your chiropractor. This could be an indication that something more serious is going on and you should be checked out by your physician.
The bottom line is that sure, you may be sore after an adjustment, but this is just a minor hiccup in your path to recovery. Chiropractic adjustments are a wonderful tool that can help aid in the recovery of a wide range of injuries and conditions. Although you may walk away from our clinic with a bit of tenderness, these adjustments will get rid of nagging pain or any other symptoms in the long run. If you have questions about this or would like to learn more about the benefits of spinal adjustments, please do not hesitate to contact Premier Injury Clinics of DFW today.