Why Am I Sore after an Adjustment?
You went into your chiropractic appointment excited to finally get some relief from pain. A couple hours later, however, the pain is back, and even worse! Even more discouraging, other parts of your body are now in pain as well.
What gives? The adjustment was supposed to make you feel better, not worse!
There is no need to panic. That pain or stiffness you are feeling is temporary, and is a phenomenon known as retracing.
What Is Retracing?
While not everyone experiences retracing, it is a common and completely normal symptom of an adjustment. Retracing is characterized by soreness, discomfort, worsening of the original symptoms, or a flare-up of an old injury.
While retracing is painful and inconvenient, it is not cause for alarm. It usually passes in a matter of a couple of days, and becomes less frequent as your body heals with regular chiropractic care.
Why Does It Happen?
Your body has the ability to heal itself, but it’s rarely as simple as getting better. It comes with its ups and downs, progress and setbacks.
Before your adjustment, it is likely that your vertebrae were compacted, blocking regular muscle and nerve function. After your adjustment, those blockages are released, returning normal function to your muscles and nerves, allowing the body to begin the healing process.
While you were injured, other parts of your body were compensating for the limited function and mobility of the injured area. Those areas need to heal and return to their normal function as well, which can result in some lingering soreness.
You also may feel the familiar soreness of an old injury, long forgotten. If so, it could be that it never healed correctly in the first place, and your adjustment has kick-started proper healing in that area.
So, don’t be discouraged! Retracing could be a sign that your treatment is actually working for you!
What Can I Do?
The most important thing you can do is continue with your treatment plan! Show up for your appointments, and let your chiropractor know if you think you may be experiencing symptoms of retracing. Mention any soreness or discomfort you have experienced between visits so that if it turns out to be more, your care plan can be adjusted accordingly.
More immediately, you can probably treat your pain with heat or ice along with over-the-counter pain medication. Your chiropractor will know which methods or medications are best to use for your specific condition and needs.
Don’t forget to rest! Listen to your body, and don’t push it if you are not feeling well. Put your feet up, drink lots of fluids, and relax. You will be able to resume normal activity soon enough.
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At Lipinksi Chiropractic, we advocate for regular chiropractic care as a safe, natural, and non-invasive way to reduce pain and boost your overall health. Our treatments are an effective solution for headaches, neck and back pain, injury-related pain, and so much more! Our caring and knowledgeable staff work with you to develop a personalized care plan fitting your individual needs. Everyone deserves to feel great! Contact us today to get started!