Are There Chiropractic Adjustment Side Effects?

There are chiropractic adjustment side effects, and they usually manifest in the form of soreness or stiffness following an adjustment. The severity of these side effects depends on how many adjustments you’ve received; the more you’ve received, the less likely side effects will be. Side effects may last anywhere from a day to a few weeks. Below are the side effects of chiropractic adjustment.

Neck Pain

Chiropractic adjustment may help alleviate neck pain because it can loosen displaced vertebrae and correct misaligned discs. Use the side effects chart below to see how many adjustments you’ve received. If you have more than 10, consider seeing a chiropractor if your neck is bothering you. You can do it yourself — be sure to keep your neck neutral and keep the muscles in the back of your neck relaxed. Rest and see your doctor if you have severe neck pain after a chiropractic adjustment and need to take over-the-counter pain relievers.

Back Pain

Improper spinal alignment can cause back pain, particularly in the lumbar region of the spine. Chiropractors can detect and correct spinal misalignment by performing a thorough physical exam. If you have been to the chiropractor more than ten times, you should see a chiropractor if back pain is bothering you. If you have been to the chiropractor less than ten times, you should see your doctor if back pain is severe or long-lasting. You may be able to treat it yourself with prescription medication or over-the-counter pain relievers.

Joint Pain

The neuromusculoskeletal system is home to joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. The improper motion of this system can cause joint pain. If you have been adjusted more than ten times, you should seek chiropractic care if you experience joint pain. Chiropractic adjustment side effects may include joint pain, and chiropractors can gently adjust you to reduce the number of side effects.

Numbness

Numbness in the extremities can be a sign of spinal misalignment. Spinal misalignment is a common side effect of chiropractic adjustment and usually dissipates as your spine realigns. If numbness persists, it may be a sign of an underlying condition. See a doctor as soon as possible if you experience numbness as a chiropractic adjustment side effect; numbness can signify a serious health problem.

Spasm

Muscle spasms typically accompany chiropractic adjustment and increase in severity over time. If you experience muscle spasms, it is recommended to seek additional treatment from a health care professional. Muscle spasms that persist after repeated chiropractic adjustments may be a sign of an underlying condition. Specialists can use a gentler adjustment to control the pain.

Neck Twitches

Neck cramps occur because of vertebrae misalignment and increase in severity with each adjustment you receive. If you experience neck cramps, it is recommended to seek additional treatment from a health care professional. Neck twitches that persist after several adjustments may be a sign of an underlying condition.

Soreness

Soreness is a common side effect of chiropractic adjustment and will usually dissipate within several days. If you experience lingering soreness after your adjustment, it may be a sign of an underlying condition. See a doctor as soon as possible if you experience soreness after visiting the chiropractor.

Fatigue

Chiropractic adjustments release latent energy stored in the spine and nervous system. The high level of energy makes you temporarily feel fatigued. If you experience fatigue after a chiropractic adjustment, it is recommended to seek additional treatment from a health care professional. Fatigue that persists after several adjustments may be a sign of an underlying condition.

Dizziness

Spinal misalignment can cause dizziness, which usually dissipates as your spine realigns after several adjustments. If you experience lingering dizziness after several adjustments, it may be a sign of an underlying condition. See a doctor if you experience dizziness that persists after seeing the chiropractor.

Imbalance

Chiropractic adjustments realign the vertebrae in your spine, which can cause you to feel unbalanced or off-center. If you experience imbalance after several adjustments, it may be a sign of an underlying condition. See a doctor if you experience an imbalance that persists after seeing the chiropractor.

Conclusion

If you have been to the chiropractor more than ten times, it is highly recommended to see a chiropractor if you have been having any of the above symptoms. However, most people don’t need to go to the chiropractor often, and most side effects will go away with time and regular visits. If you feel improvement, keep going — most likely, they will go away.

If you need help with chiropractic adjustment side effects, contact us today at 205-637-1363. We are available 24 hours a day to answer your questions or help you find the solution to your problem.

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