Is it Normal to Feel Sore After Visiting the Chiropractor?

Chiropractic care is one of the most promising and exciting options for people who suffer from chronic back pain, or any number of other disorders related to the joints, muscles and tendons. Why? Because it’s natural, non-invasive, and has proven incredibly effective in so many real life cases.

But when people go home after a session with a chiropractor, the rest of their day isn’t always as expected. In some cases, people feel definitively sore after a session. The problem they’re trying to solve (e.g. lower back pain) doesn’t subside – or in some cases even gets worse. What’s going on here? Is it normal to feel sore after visiting a chiropractor?

One of the most common reasons for sustained or increased pain following a chiropractic session is that you and/or your chiropractor were not aware of a herniated disc or pinched nerve. It’s critical to note that chiropractic adjustments do not cause herniated discs or pinched nerves, but such conditions can be aggravated by certain chiropractic techniques.

So – in some cases, increased pain following a chiropractic adjustment will be for this reason. But that brings us to a very important point: If a skilled chiropractor is aware of (or suspects) such a problem before the treatment begins, an individualized treatment plan will be created. The right adjustments and techniques will be used so that healing is promoted in the affected area and throughout the body.

Another possible reason for increased pain after a chiropractic treatment is that the patient is suffering from irritated muscles and/or ligaments. This is a situation that can result from chiropractor who is not knowledgeable or reputable. A skilled practitioner will be aware of the difference between a spinal imbalance that can be corrected through chiropractic treatment and a “curvature” that has developed over a long period of time and cannot reasonably be manipulated without causing irritation to the muscles and ligaments that support vital joints.

The vast majority of chiropractic sessions are productive and quickly lead to tangible benefits: Reduced or eliminated pain, increased range of motion, better circulation, and more complete overall health. If you’re not feeling well after a chiropractic session, there are two important things you should do. First, you should communicate with your chiropractor and ask for insight as to what might be the cause of your discomfort, and why the session seemed to have done more harm than good. A follow-up session might lead to key adjustments based on your feedback.

The other thing you should do – and this is especially true if you consistently feel pain after a chiropractic session – is temporarily stop treatment and visit your osteopath to obtain additional insight on what might be causing the problem. No reputable chiropractor will continue administering treatments if they seem to be having adverse affects on the patient’s body. That’s why it’s so important to do your research before you choose a chiropractor, and single out the most experienced and highly rated chiropractors in your area. That way, if there is a problem with your treatment, you’ll know that your practitioner will give you honest answers and always act in your best interests, whether or not that includes further chiropractic treatment.