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  • Writer's pictureLori Goodsell

Managing Soreness and Discomfort After a Chiropractic Adjustment

Updated: Feb 7

After receiving a chiropractic adjustment, it is common to experience some soreness and discomfort in the treated areas. This is completely normal and can be seen as a positive sign that your body is responding to the treatment. However, it can also be uncomfortable and may affect your daily activities. In this section, we will discuss some ways to manage soreness and discomfort after a chiropractic adjustment. As a chiropractor in Plymouth for 24 years, have definitely had experience with this.

1. Stay Hydrated: One of the main reasons for soreness after a chiropractic adjustment is due to the release of toxins from your muscles and soft tissues. These toxins need to be flushed out of your system in order for your body to heal properly. Drinking plenty of water will help with this process by keeping you hydrated and aiding in the detoxification process.

young girl drinking water

2. Apply Ice or Heat: Depending on the type of pain or discomfort you are experiencing, applying ice or heat can provide relief. If you feel soreness or inflammation around the treated area, apply an ice pack wrapped in a cloth for 15-20 minutes every few hours. This will help reduce swelling and numb any pain sensations. On the other hand, if you have tight muscles or stiffness, taking a hot bath or shower can help relax your muscles and improve blood flow.

3. Gentle Stretching: It may seem counterintuitive but doing gentle stretches can actually alleviate soreness after a chiropractic adjustment. This helps loosen up any tension in your muscles that may have been aggravated during the treatment process.

woman stretching in front o f a mountain lake

4. Go back: Sometimes the soreness that comes after an adjustment can really make a patient nervous. Most of the time it is like the soreness you get after you workout for the first time in a long time. The best cure is to workout again, just like getting adjusted again. Clearly the chiropractic adjusted you in the proper place if your body reacted to that extent. At our Plymouth chiropractic office, we are able to assess that.

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