Why Do I Feel So Exhausted After Seeing My Chiropractor?

There are many obvious benefits associated with visiting a chiropractor and a greater number of people are choosing chiropractic adjustments as part of their overall wellness program. If you have had chiropractic work done, you may have noticed that you feel tired after your visit. In fact, some people that visit a chiropractor on a regular basis report feeling somewhat exhausted. If this is your experience, there’s no need to worry because it’s a common response to chiropractic care. In fact, this symptom is usually worse after the very first visit. You may experience symptoms that feel like the flu, which is the result of what’s called toxic relief.

Most people that start out receiving chiropractic care feel anxious the first time because they don’t know what to expect. The toxic release is one of the responses to having an adjustment that seems scary but is actually a positive response to an effective adjustment. The reason why this happens is that there are toxins in your body that have to be released. When your chiropractor makes adjustments and manipulates certain parts of your body, it causes these toxins to be expelled. This is a good thing and the type of outcome you want. Although the release of toxins results in symptoms that are unpleasant for a short period of time, it’s well worth it because you don’t want harmful toxins to remain in your body.

From a scientific perspective, the reason why you feel exhaustion is because your body needs time to adjust after negative energy has been expelled. After a short amount of time has passed, you’ll start to regain your normal level of energy. During the process of toxic release, there’s a possibility that you will experience the following symptoms:

  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Tight muscles
  • Diarrhea


These are all symptoms that may occur as your nervous system takes time to react and process what’s happening in your body. It’s also important to note that your nervous system is unable to function optimally when there are a lot of toxins in your system. After having a chiropractic adjustment, this will no longer be the case, which will improve your nervous system.

How Toxins Affect Your Body

A normal function of your body involves your brain sending signals to your spinal cord all day long. When you have a lot of toxins in your system, this process is disrupted and can cause spinal dysfunction. It’s one reason why your body may not function optimally. Specifically, it causes you that have low energy levels for a longer period of time, such as weeks, months or years. After an adjustment, any blockages that you have are cleared out and you’re able to enjoy a feeling of increased overall wellness. This is after the initial process of feeling tired directly after an adjustment.

aIf you can imagine having a tube of flowing water and then tying it into a knot, that’s a good way to understand how the flow of energy is impeded when you need a chiropractic adjustment. This is precisely what happens when your nervous system is not functioning as well as it should. It’s like having it tied into a knot, which results in a buildup of pressure that is often responsible for chronic pain. When this pressure is released by the manipulation of your spine, it facilitates an improved flow of energy. It’s always important to speak with your chiropractor if you experience fatigue for a long period of time after an adjustment because it should only be a passing issue that resolves itself within a day or so.

Despite the fleeting inconvenience of feeling tired after an adjustment, a greater number of people are taking advantage of chiropractic care. There are many ways to combat fatigue associated with toxic relief, such as staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water. You should drink filtered water to make sure your system functions optimally. Another way to combat the problem over a short period of time in which it lasts is to eat small meals every few hours throughout the day. This is because it gives your body a sufficient amount of time to process what you’re consuming. This is much better than eating large meals that require your digestive system to work overtime.

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