Your body is unique, and responds to both challenges and healing treatments as an individual. So when you come in for a chiropractic adjustment, we expect that your response will depend upon a number of factors. No two patients are alike.
Having said that, we understand that you want to know what to expect after a chiropractic adjustment. We can discuss this issue with you in more detail at your appointment, but in general healing can range from immediate relief to a more gradual improvement over time. What is more important is that you know how to monitor your own symptoms and report back to us, so that we can continue to support you.
If you experience an immediate relief of pain… Obviously, this is what we want to hear! But that doesn’t always mean you’re completely out of the woods just yet. Continue to pay attention to the signals your body is giving you. Does a new symptom manifest? Or does the pain come back later? If it does, take note of when this happens, along with your daily activities so that we can determine if anything is triggering a return of the problem.
If you don’t experience immediate relief… First of all, don’t worry. The nervous system often needs time to respond to an adjustment, or several adjustments may be needed. Give it 24 hours or so, and you might notice that discomfort begins to improve. If not, call us to discuss your options.
If you experience new symptoms… Occasionally, relief of tension in the body can trigger flu-like symptoms. Remember to drink lots of water to keep your joints and muscles hydrated. If you experience muscle soreness, applying ice to the area can be helpful.
What you can do after a chiropractic adjustment… In most cases, you can return to regular activities after an adjustment. But in the case of certain injuries we might advise you to continue to rest. The main thing to remember is to listen to your body’s cues. If something causes pain, don’t do it! Remember to practice proper form and posture during any physical activity (and even while sitting). And give us a call if you have any new concerns.
This blog is only a general guide, and we should discuss your individual case before beginning treatment. Call us to schedule an appointment for pain and discomfort that you are experiencing, and we can help you understand what to expect of your treatment plan.