After a chiropractic adjustment, it is normal and is a common reaction for newer patients. As the body experiences spinal manipulation, there are several things happening simultaneously.

The muscles are being stretched from where they have come to rest when you have limited function to where they should be when you have restored function. 

Blood vessels are being energized and begin flowing into the areas that were previously constrained due to improper function or injury.

So even though this mild soreness is usually the result of the muscles and tissues around the spine being stretched during the chiropractic adjustment, it could also be from all of the other very natural responses to your chiropractic treatment. 

After your visit, you might notice soreness in any of the multiple muscle groups that were associated with the treatment maneuvers. But do not fret!

Mild soreness should not last more than a day or two, and it can be relieved with ice, heat, or over-the-counter pain medication as directed by your chiropractor.

 If the soreness lasts longer than a couple of days, or if it is accompanied by other symptoms such as headache, nausea, or dizziness, please talk to your chiropractor. 

Even though this is extremely rare, we will review your specific situation and previous chiropractic visits in order to modify your future treatments.

What to expect after my first chiropractic treatment?

One of the more common questions we get asked here at Eastside Ideal Health is, “What should I expect after my first adjustment?” And “is it common to feel some soreness after that first visit?”

The first time being adjusted can be both magical and slightly alarming! Who knew that you had that much snap, crackle, and pop inside of your body? 

After that first session, the muscle soreness is usually the most intense it will ever get, but don’t worry – it’s only a mild soreness! Remember when you had a little too much fun at the park, or you helped your friends move some furniture and you felt so sore the next morning? 

For most patients, this is worse than how your body feels after visiting the chiropractor!

Your first treatment will take into consideration any previous injuries or traumas you have had to ensure a personalized care plan that is specific to you. 

Your personalized care will be based on our initial and subsequent exams so that we are treating your body for its specific needs. More than likely, there will be some supplemental treatments applied beyond just a chiropractic adjustment.

It is during the adjustment that a gentle, yet sudden force is applied so that your spine is moved slightly in order to regain the proper function. At this point, the muscles and soft tissues around the spinal joint are stretched. That is why new patients often compare the feeling of their sore muscles to have had a deep tissue massage. 

Every individual situation is different. However, for the goal is to always restore function to the spine and so that it can heal itself.

Some people are nervous about coming to the chiropractor because they’ve heard horror stories about people going and having painful experiences. 

We want you to feel better as quickly as possible, so we will always take your comfort into consideration when getting your body back in the correct position. 

There are various methods that can be utilized to help make a routine chiropractic adjustment normal!

Soreness Is Normal

The short answer is, especially with the way we adjust in the office, you should see immediate results, and yeah, it’s normal to feel some soreness. This is especially true, depending on what you’re initially coming in with. The truth is, most people we see in our office are coming in with some pain symptoms. Their pain may be acute, or they’ve allowed their habits of daily living their dysfunctional patterns over time to develop into some pain symptom or dysfunction finally.

Should you see results? Absolutely. Can it be normal to feel some soreness? Yeah. Think about the adjustment. We’re putting proper motion back into a segment, which is either fixated or stuck. If you have any adhesions or scar tissue around this joint, now we’re starting to break that up. You’re going to get increased blood flow into that area. The brain’s going to wake back up to that area. This is called neural habituation.

Neck soreness after my chiropractic adjustment?

Mild neck soreness after your adjustment should be no cause for concern. 

Actually, it is quite normal! 

This is due to the fact that the muscles and tissues were slightly stretched during the chiropractic treatment. To feel sore is expected, however, you do not want to be experiencing any neck pain after your chiropractic adjustments.

If you experience lingering pain or discomfort in your neck after a visit, please contact us. There could be several factors that should be considered before progressing with your cervical spine chiropractic treatment plan. 

 Ultimately, we are here to help correct past traumas and end chronic joint pain by assisting your body to heal itself, not to make you feel worse.

So, clear and open communication plays a vital part in your chiropractic care. 

While some mild soreness afterward is normal, severe pain could be a sign of a more serious problem and we want to ensure that you are getting the best possible care!

Back soreness after my chiropractic adjustment?


Yes, many people experience post-adjustment soreness after their chiropractic visit. 

There are several muscles that are constantly working together throughout each day which are all connected to your spine. 

Having a short period of body soreness after spinal manipulation is actually a good sign that the chiropractic treatment is working. 

This is typically why after an adjustment, you will spend some time with an ice pack or a heating pad, depending on your treatment plan. 

This helps to speed up the recovery process as your body is responding to the invitation to heal itself!

Once again, if you do experience lingering pain after a back adjustment, please speak with your chiropractor. 

That is why it is important that you tell us how you are feeling, both before and after your chiropractic visit. 

Many patients do have some mild soreness afterward, but if you are in a significant amount of pain or discomfort, it could be a sign of something more serious. 

We need to know so that we can help you receive the care you need.

How long does soreness last after a chiropractic adjustment?

Chiropractic treatment is a personalized journey. 

In order to accomplish a pain-free life, your body’s spinal function will need to be restored. 

This completely dependent upon each individual’s body and specific medical situation. We want to ensure that we fully understand your needs, values, and preferences before ever beginning with any treatment. During your very first few visits to the chiropractor, you may experience some soreness for about a day or two.

This is why it is so important to follow your at-home instructions within your chiropractic care plan in order to help your body heal more quickly. 

This often involves ways to help reduce these mild symptoms with simple things like drinking plenty of water, using an ice pack, or using moist heat.

The only thing that we really want to avoid is pain. 

It’s important to listen to your body, and if you are experiencing pain or moderate discomfort, please contact us. 

We will need to re-assess your body and come up with a modified version of your chiropractic care plan. 

On rare occasions, we sometimes need to work with your primary care physician in order to further evaluate your specific situation. 

Ultimately, we are here to help best serve you in your journey to holistic health!

Your Brain Wakes Back Up

Just like putting on your shirt in the morning, at first, you’re going to feel that shirt. However, over time until I brought this to your attention, you probably weren’t even aware of wearing that shirt. The same thing is true with your spine. At first, the patient probably had some dysfunction. That dysfunction might have initially occurred a long time ago or, or recently. Over time, the brain doesn’t want to think about that toxic stimulant over and over and over again. It’s going to forget about that. It’s going to numb it down. As soon as we restore proper motion in the area, it’s going to wake back up. Guess what, you are going to feel more and think about this.

The first time you went to the gym, did you feel some soreness the next day? If you’re pushing yourself enough, you probably felt sore the next day. Why is that? Because you’re starting to use muscles and ligaments that haven’t been used in years. You’re supposed to move your body in different ways that you aren’t used to. The same is true with chiropractic adjustments.

Soreness Is Good

As soon as we start to put proper motion back into the spine, we’re starting to increase the firing of those muscles. We’re starting to wake the brain back up to that area of the spine. We’re starting to use those ligaments and tendons. Some soreness is normal and expected, but it’s a good thing. Just like you wouldn’t go to the gym once, the more we start to reinforce those healthy movement patterns with specific chiropractic adjustments, the better you will be overall for your long-term health.