Whether it’s a recurring crick in the neck or chronic lower back pain, there are any number of issues that might cause someone to think about visiting a chiropractor. And if it’s your first time getting chiropractic care, you may not know what to expect. What do sessions entail? How often will you need to go back? How soon can you expect relief?
One common question that many people ask when it comes to chiropractic care is: to what extent is it normal for pain to increase after a visit to the chiropractor? Obviously, the purpose of chiropractic care is to provide pain relief, but there may be instances where the treatment itself is associated with some discomfort.
When is pain ok?
It isn’t uncommon or dangerous if you feel a bit sore after a chiropractic adjustment. Depending on your condition and how long you’ve been in pain, it’s likely that the vertebrae and adjoining muscles have been under an abnormal amount of pressure. When a chiropractor releases this pressure and your muscles resume their natural positions, it can initially be uncomfortable and lead to soreness. There also may be pain during the procedure, as a specialist will likely need to apply pressure to parts of your body that are already in pain to begin with.
A second reason that it can be common to experience discomfort immediately after receiving chiropractic care is that the treatment releases toxins from your body. The releasing of toxins is sometimes associated with headaches, stiffness, and even cold and flu symptoms. That said, any soreness or unease that lasts more than a day or so could indicate that something is wrong.
When is pain not ok?
While a little soreness in the hours after a visit to a chiropractor is pretty typical, lasting or sharp pain is not. If you return home from a chiropractic visit with more pain that you had before, if the pain is too unbearable to move about, or if the pain persists for several days, you should get a second opinion.
In the hands of a qualified and experienced chiropractor, excessive or enduring pain from treatment isn’t typical. Never continue with treatment if you find yourself in more pain than you were in before beginning treatment and seek a second opinion from a doctor you trust.
Finding a Qualified Chiropractor
In order to prevent any kind of further damage as a result of chiropractic care, it is essential that you find an experienced and qualified chiropractor. Ask with friends, family, or your primary care physician for recommendations. Additionally, read reviews online to narrow down a list of recommended practitioners who get stellar marks for patient satisfaction.
Finally, it’s always a good idea to reach out to prospective chiropractors with a few questions to help you make your final choice. Find out what experience each chiropractor has with your specific type of ailment, and how long it generally takes for patients to get some relief. Using a combination of thorough research and your gut instincts makes the chances you find a high quality chiropractor much more likely.