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4 Steps to Avoid Soreness after Your First Adjustment

So you just received your first chiropractic treatment. Welcome to the process of improving your spine health! Given the evaluation findings, this is likely the first step of first getting you out of pain, then helping give long-term relief.

If you’ve never been adjusted before, you may be unfamiliar with what to expect immediately afterwards. Something that sometimes happens is soreness. This is usually felt more like a muscle ache, like if you overdid it at the

Muscle soreness sometimes happens after the adjustment, but these simple steps can help minimize it.

Muscle soreness sometimes happens after the adjustment, but these simple steps can help minimize it.

gym. While I will do everything in my power to limit this, it does happen.

If you’re trying to avoid this soreness after your first adjustment, you may want to consider the following tips:

  • During the adjustment, try to relax as much as possible. I will do my best to help you in this – when your muscles are tight during the adjustment, they are more likely to be sore later in the day.
  • Drink plenty of water throughout the rest of the day. Proper hydration will help give those soft tissues the right environment to start the healing process.
  • In any area that does feel sore, cold therapy is usually your friend. You will want to talk to your chiropractor to clarify for your specific case, but in general cold therapy will help tone down the inflammation and pain in that area.
  • For people that are interested in nutrition, you may want to consider anti-inflammatory supplements. Things like ginger, turmeric, and fish oils are great ways to reduce inflammation throughout your whole body, which will help with overall soreness.

Each adjustment takes the spine that hasn’t been moving as well as it should, and puts more movement into it. It’s just like if somebody overdoes it at the gym. The good news is that, this is only most common the first one or two adjustments and isn’t something we typically see every single time someone comes in! Just stay patient in the process, and you’ll be feeling better soon!

– Dr. Scott Minton

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