Side Effects of Chiropractic Treatment

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Chiropractic therapy is recognized as one of the safest therapies you can use to treat pain and injuries.

A chiropractor can provide relief from back pain, neck pain, joint pain, headaches and many other injuries and chronic conditions. Treatment from a licensed chiropractor is the best way to address pain and other symptoms like stiffness and limited range of motion.

Yet, many patients — particularly first-time patients — fear that they will experience pain or complications following chiropractic treatment. However, most people overestimate the risks. There is very little risk in receiving chiropractic care, and your chiropractor can explain your treatment and address your concerns in detail with you.

Complications are rare, but as with any medical therapy, they are possible. You may experience some minor side effects following your treatment. These side effects provide little risk and can be treated easily. Rest is an effective solution in most cases.

While the benefits of chiropractic far outweigh the risks, you can read about some of the possible side effects below.

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    Possible Side Effects of Chiropractic Treatment

    It’s possible to experience one or more of these side effects following a chiropractic adjustment. If you're ever uncertain about the risks of chiropractic care, please speak to your doctor.

    You may feel tired after your chiropractic appointment. Adjustments to your spine and neck can take pressure off your nervous system. While this releases stress and tension, it can also leave you feeling tired. Give yourself plenty of time to rest after an appointment.

    What Should You Do After a Chiropractic Session?

    There are simple steps you can take to minimize the risk of side effects. At the very least, you’ll be able to limit their intensity and duration if you do experience them. Following these tips will not only help reduce the side effects, but will also maximize the benefits of your treatment.

    It is always important to stay hydrated. Replenishing your body’s fluids and flushing out any released toxins is especially important after chiropractic treatments. Prioritise drinking plenty of water on your appointment days.

    Always Communicate With Your Chiropractor

    Regular, tailored chiropractic treatment can go a long way toward relieving pain related to misalignment in your back, neck and spinal areas.

    If you do experience one or more side effects, please let your chiropractor know. They can offer advice, treat the side effects, or provide you with coping strategies ahead of time. For example, they may suggest the best times to eat your pre-appointment meals or how much hydration you need on the day of your appointment.

    Most side effects are rare, minor and temporary — especially compared to the conditions and symptoms you’re seeking treatment for in the first place. They usually go away quite quickly, with just a little rest.

    Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns. We’re here to help.

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