Last updated on December 20, 2019
If you have ever been to a chiropractor, chances are you have had a back adjustment at some point. While some people perfectly find after these adjustments, some people experience residual pain and discomfort, and even headaches.
Learning how to deal with these back adjustments will allow you to take care of your body and avoid this pain in the future. If you have been experiencing back pain, aches, migraine headaches, and other physical ailments that are affecting your health and well-being, it may be time to see a chiropractor.
Chiropractic doctors work to restore spinal alignment; a misaligned spine may be triggering the pain reactions you are experiencing, and the chiropractor can work on different areas of the back and muscle groups to improve the condition. While the adjustment process itself isn’t very painful, many people experience some effects for hours and days after the treatment.
Here’s what you can expect after your first chiropractic adjustment. There are dozens of different types of chiropractic adjustments that can be performed, and the chiropractor may not even touch the area that is causing pain.
This is because chiropractors work primarily on the spinal column, and will manipulate and massage only the areas that are connected to the problem area. The adjustment is often responsible for triggering the following responses and effects.
You may commonly feel muscle aches, soreness, muscle tenderness, slight swelling, and a bit of redness.
You should not see any visible bruises or significant swelling that lasts for more than 24 hours after the treatment.
Adjustments that have not been performed properly may result in excessive swelling of the tissues, soreness, and tenderness. If you do experience any of these problems in the post-treatment phases, you should make an appointment to see the chiropractor immediately for an evaluation.
This is one reason why you should only see a chiropractor that comes highly recommended. Some are fantastic and can do wonders for the back and spine, but some can actually cause damage that will only make things worse.
After you have an adjustment, it is important to take care of yourself and avoid any further damage. There are several ways you can speed up the healing process after a chiropractic treatment; self-care plans will help to restore your body to good health and help you experience the results of the treatment more quickly.
Some of the best things you can do to promote healing after an adjustment include using an ice pack on the treated area (if you are experiencing swelling or redness), undertaking light stretching exercises, and sleeping on a suitable mattress. You should also avoid heavy lifting, and refraining from intensive physical exercise for at least three to five days after your treatment.
Eating a well-balanced diet and drinking plenty of water will also help your body to flush out any toxins that may have been released from your muscles during the manipulation. If you don’t drink lots of water, your body can build up these toxins, which will result in back pain and even nausea.
Paying attention to your physical routine and diet during the days after an adjustment can make a difference to the outcome of your treatment, and help you recover faster. If you can plan for light activities in the days after the treatment, you can help your body become stronger as it heals.
Your chiropractic doctor will be able to walk you through a self-care plan after treatment, and it is in your best interest to ask as many questions about your particular adjustments during the consultation. You should not need to take any painkillers or medication during the healing process; check with your chiropractor to determine what will be the best self-care plan for you.
It may be a good idea however to take mild ibuprofen such as Advil to make sure that any swelling you may have will go down. If you allow swelling to go untreated, you may have more pain which will not go away as quickly.
Chiropractic treatments can be a valuable alternative to surgery for people suffering from back pain, headaches, arthritis, and countless other physical problems; be prepared for your treatment by understanding all of the potential effects, so you can heal and recover as comfortably as possible. Nothing is more important than your back and spine, as this directly affects your entire body.