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Things You Should and Shouldn’t Feel After a Chiropractic Visit

Last Updated: January 24th, 2020 at 07:33 pm
Read Time: 5 Minutes

If you're new to the world of receiving chiropractic care you may have questions following your first visit. Your body has just undergone a medical procedure, and all medical procedures come with some side effects. The question is always "what's normal and what's not?" At ChiroCare of Florida, our goal is to help our patients become as informed as possible regarding the side effects of chiropractic adjustments, so that they know what to expect each step of the way.

What Are Normal Side Effects of a Chiropractic Adjustment?

Not all side effects are bad, and in fact, some side effects can actually signify that your treatment is working. In most cases, side effects are nothing to be concerned about, though you should take note of them and report back to your doctor on your next visit. If anything worrisome happens and you are wondering whether or not it's normal, call your doctor right away to discuss your symptoms. Below are some common, perfectly normal, side effects of a chiropractic adjustment.

Aching and Soreness

Muscle aches and mild soreness are especially common post-chiropractic adjustment if your doctor has been doing muscle work. Sometimes prior to performing an adjustment a chiropractor may need to loosen the surrounding muscles using pressure or special medical tools to improve the chance of movement.

Chances are if you've had muscle work done before an adjustment, you're going to experience some aching and soreness afterwards. The pain may be similar to what you experience following a deep tissue massage. This soreness usually greatly reduces or goes away entirely in 24 hours. If it persists longer than that call your doctor.

Additionally, if you're undergoing treatment for an injury of any kid, such as a dislocated joint, you may experience some pain at the site that was worked on. This is normal, though the pain should be a mild soreness and not extreme.


Similar to the aching and soreness you may experience if your chiropractor has performed muscle work before an adjustment, you may experience some bruising depending on the intensity of the work. This is normal, but again should be minimal and not severe.

Changes in Bowel Movements

Many people don't realize that chiropractic care can have an effect on the way our digestive system functions. If you've been feeling backed up lately, following a chiropractic adjustment you may find that this issue resolves itself.

Mild Cold Symptoms

You may experience what you recognize as symptoms of a cold following a chiropractic adjustment, but don't worry, it's not contagious. This happens when there is a toxic release, or toxins start being eliminated from your body via chiropractic care. These symptoms are actually a positive sign, though again, should not be severe or chronic.

There are a variety of other symptoms that you may experience after visiting the chiropractor, and each person will vary in their individual experiences. Your doctor should tell you what to expect when they perform the procedure, and if they don't, please ask. Again, if you are ever concerned with a symptom you experience post-chiropractic adjustment, call your doctor to discuss what you're feeling, or seek immediate care if the symptom is serious.

What Are Some Things You Should Never Experience after a Visit to the Chiropractor?

While there are a variety of symptoms that are common post-chiropractic adjustment, there are also several things that you should never feel after being adjusted. Some of them can be extremely frightening and may signify a major problem, prompting immediate medical care.

Trouble with Speech

While muscle soreness is common post-chiropractic appointment, you should never experience trouble with, or loss of, speech. This can signify a major injury to your spinal cord and needs emergency medical attention immediately.

Sharp, Shooting Pains with Movement

Again, while certain levels of soreness are common, you should not experience new sharp, shooting pains with movement after visiting a chiropractor. This may signify a strain to a certain area, or that an area has become misaligned. If you experience sharp, shooting pains, especially shootings pain that travels, post-chiropractic treatment, call your doctor right away to discuss the symptom.

Loss of Movement

While stiffness following a chiropractic visit may occur, you should never experience the loss of movement in any area of your body. Whether it's your neck, fingers, toes, or arms, there should never be a loss of movement. If you experience this symptom seek medical help right away.


While some patients may experience mild dizziness after a chiropractic adjustment, you should never lose consciousness following a visit to the chiropractor. If this occurs you should seek immediate care, even if you feel better immediately afterwards. Also, even if you believe that the two events are non-related, this symptom should be brought to your chiropractor's attention as soon as possible after you receive medical care.


Similar to loss of movement, you should not experience a new feeling of numbness anywhere in your body following a chiropractic adjustment. If you experience this symptom seek medical care immediately, as it may be the result of a nerve issue.

There are many symptoms that a patient may experience following a visit to the chiropractor. Some are completely harmless and normal, and others signify serious medical issues. Whether or not you think they are consequential, if you experience pain or any symptom of concern you should discuss these symptoms with your doctor.

At ChiroCare of Florida we develop treatment plans that are unique to each patient's needs and will discuss what to expect each step of the way. We're here for you throughout your entire course of treatment, and there is no question that is too small to ask our experts. Our mission is to ensure each patient's safety and wellbeing as we help to relieve any pain and heal injuries.

Contact us today to schedule a chiropractic consultation and see if treatment is right for you.

About the Author:
Dr. Blake Tishman
Hailing from chiropractor parents, Dr. Blake Tishman is an avid advocate of chiropractic. He’s lived in South Florida for 35 years, and lives and works in Coral Springs. Dr. Tishman attributes the success of his practice to his adjustments, which are very gentle and focus on getting results for his patients of all ages, including infants, children, and seniors.
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