If you have never had a chiropractic adjustment before, then it could come with some surprises that you didn’t expect.  Knowing what exactly happens to your body during a chiropractic adjustment and what to expect afterwards can help prepare for you any unexpected responses you may experience.  Toxins in the body can build up because of spinal misalignments.  Chiropractic adjustments from a Charlotte chiropractor release these toxins, which is ultimately beneficial for the overall health of your body, but it can have some temporary and strange after-effects.  Don’t be alarmed if you experience any of these things, as they will soon pass and your body will be able to reap the rewards of releasing toxins and improving central nervous system health.

Possible After-Effects of a Chiropractic Adjustment

One of the most common after-effects after a chiropractic adjustment is experiencing cold-like symptoms shortly afterward.  Some may believe that they maybe a visit to a chiropractor exposed them to germs that caused them to feel this way.  But this isn’t the reason.  It’s related to the toxins that are released after an adjustment from Charlotte chiropractor Dr. Grant Lisetor.  About 20% of those undergoing chiropractic care may experience this effect after an adjustment, and believe it or not, it’s actually a good thing.  It means your body is positively responding to the adjustment.  Fatigue, diarrhea, soreness, or muscle tightness are also signs of toxin release after an adjustment. While unpleasant, these are actually signs of health and a positive nervous system response.

Nausea may also occur after a chiropractic adjustment.  Sometimes lying on your stomach for an adjustment can lead to this feeling.  Adjustments of the neck can also lead to feelings of nausea, typically due to the release of tension and toxins in the body.  There’s no need to be concerned as it will pass quickly.

Spinal misalignments can do a number on your body’s overall health.  Adjustments to correct these misalignments can also take a toll on the body because it’s doing hard work to correct what has been wrong for so long.  For this reason, it can take a lot of energy out of you and use your energy reserves up to undergo chiropractic adjustments, especially the first few times as your body gets used to it.  This can cause you to feel tired or even dizzy after an adjustment.  Sometimes you may also experience headache pain.  Be assured that it’s nothing serious and again, will pass.

Another common after-effect of a chiropractic adjustment is that you may sometimes see or feel immediate results afterward.  For example, those that struggle with constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, or digestion issues may have to go to the bathroom right after.  Remember, this is a good sign that adjustments from Dr. Grant are doing their job to remove interference and allowing your body to function optimally.

The Benefits of Chiropractic Adjustments

A lot happens in your body when you get adjusted, and there are also many, many advantages for your health.  Relieving nerve interference has worked wonders for those with many health issues, diseases, sickness, and pain.  It also allows the immune system to function optimally so you can have fewer sick days and feel at your best.  Those with allergies or sinus problems, frequent headaches, chronic pain, or achy, sore muscles have also found relief after undergoing chiropractic care.

Schedule your visit with Dr. Grant of Greater Life Chiropractic as soon as possible so you can reap all the benefits that chiropractic care has to offer for your health and wellness, and don’t be afraid to ask anyone at the office what you can expect after your next adjustment.



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