You are well on your way to a healthier lifestyle. I am often asked, “what should I do after my adjustment?” “What should I expect to feel?” and “How do I know if it’s working?”. Giving yourself a little time and space to fully experience the changes in your nervous system and physical body is the best strategy. While many people rush right back to the things that got them into this situation, there are choices we can make to improve your results with chiropractic and help you see the results sooner.
As your nerve system reorganizes, it is very common to experience changes to pain levels and discomfort, blood pressure, blood sugar, digestion, the immune system, and many other areas, even emotionally. It can also be common to experience a general overall feeling of wellness, feeling more at ease, feeling tensions change, or feeling energy or tingling in the body. This is because neurological dysfunctions (Subluxations/Misalignments) obstruct communication systems between one’s body and master control system. It’s important to realize that all these reactions are part of your body reorganizing and natural healing process.
So, what can I expect after an adjustment?
Reactions following a chiropractic adjustment vary greatly from person to person. These may range from a great sense of joy immediately following the adjustment, to a feeling of aching and soreness. A chiropractic adjustment rarely causes discomfort, but you might feel a little sore or achy after treatment (similar to what you would feel after a good workout), but any discomfort generally resolves within 12 – 48 hours.
What do you recommend that I do following an adjustment?
Take a break, rest. One of the best things you can do for your body is to give it the rest that it needs. Our bodies heal and regenerate while we are resting/sleeping. Allowing for this on a regular basis only helps achieve better results.
If you are experiencing any aching or soreness, then we recommend cooling down the affected area using a gel ice pack. You’ll want to apply this for about 10-15 minutes on the affected area. The cooling will help to decrease pain and inflammation at site.
If you regularly exercise or work out, I recommend scheduling your first few chiropractic adjustments several hours away from your exercise routine. I would not recommend you exercise immediately following a chiropractic adjustment. Try to have at least 2-6 hours break before any heavy workouts in the beginning. That way you get the most out of both activities as well as a better sense of what changes are happening. Going for a walk after having a chiropractic adjustment or other light exercise is welcome.
How do I know if it’s working?
I want you to be aware of a few things following your first adjustment. I use this simple acronym B.E.D.S. This stands for BREATHING, ENERGY, DIGESTION, SLEEP. Pay attention and be aware of your body. It is very common for adjustments to affect how you feel in any or all those areas. Make note of your muscle sensations, your posture, your breathing, energy, digestion, sleep, and your mental and emotional states. Pay more attention to your body in the hours and days following an adjustment. It’s very common for some or all your patterns to change either on the table or between visits. Try not to focus only on any pain that you may have. Look beyond the pain to really be in touch with how you feel overall. Some people notice results soon after adjustments and some take a little longer. Therefore, it is so important to your healing to be in tuned with your body.
During the first couple of visits we are focused on the organizational responsiveness of your spine and nerve system. We are checking and comparing how your body is responding to adjustments. In many ways, your first session, or even first couple of sessions, are test signals to the nervous system. Tracking the body’s responses within the nervous system is part of understanding your care and following a custom plan designed specifically for you. Adjustments are carefully applied to the nervous system to make changes toward a better structure, better structural positioning, and better neurological behavior to alter a person’s perception of him/herself. Although you will begin to notice decreased pain, discomfort and symptom relief, we are globally working together with you to improve your body’s natural ability to heal itself and perform at its optimal potential, the way it was intended to.
Finally, the single best thing you can do after your first adjustments is simply to congratulate yourself. You have taken a bold step to improve your health and well-being. Be grateful that you are in good hands and are getting the excellent care you deserve. Gratitude is more than an attitude. It is an energy that can help us to continue to make positive changes and live with less stress and strain. Being grateful releases healing hormones and will help you achieve greater health and wellness. I am looking forward to seeing you in the office soon. Enjoy the journey.