Five Weird Things That May Happen After You Get Adjusted

Five Weird Things That May Happen After You Get Adjusted

Most people equate going to the chiropractor with ridding themselves of neck, back, or headache pain. So if you get an adjustment and then experience things that you weren’t expecting, it can leave you confused or even questioning the efficacy of chiropractic care. We want to make sure that first, you understand what to expect after you get adjusted, and second, that you understand why these strange things are happening.

Spinal misalignments tend to bring about a buildup on toxins in the body. Adjustments will release these toxins, sometimes bringing about weird results. Think about your spinal cord like a garden hose. A kind in the hose, aka a spinal adjustment, stops the flow of everything inside it—both the good and the bad. So when you get adjusted, the “hose” then releases everything inside it. This brings about proper nervous system function and improved brain-body communication, but it can also bring about some weird after-effects that may not seem great.

If you experience any of these things, just trust that your body is doing its job. Releasing toxins is a great thing and it’s actually a sign of health and wellness when your body reacts in these ways. So without further ado, here are five weird things that might happen after you get adjusted.

Cold-Like Symptoms

You know how sometimes you can feel a sickness coming on? It’s frustrating to wait for it to just hurry up so that you can work on getting over it. When you have cold-like symptoms after an adjustment, it’s your body’s way of hurrying it along. It already has the virus inside it and it’s trying to flush it out faster than it otherwise would have, which is a good thing.


Your body has been working hard to adapt to the miscommunications caused by spinal misalignments. When you get adjusted, you’re giving your body a break, and sometimes it can feel like it shuts down for a bit to reboot. When you flush out toxins and activate your body’s immune response, your body often needs a bit of extra rest to compensate, and fatigue will encourage you to get that much-needed rest.


Although not as common, nausea can sometimes result from an adjustment. It usually passes quickly, but it is generally related to the release of both toxins and tension in and around the spine. Having something small to eat just before an adjustment can help with this if it happens to you frequently.

Restroom Visits

People with a variety of digestive troubles may see an immediate improvement after an adjustment, leading to a need for a visit to the restroom before even leaving the chiropractor’s office. Additionally, sometimes irregular bowel movements can happen due to changes in your spine, which can be

frustrating, but is simply part of the process. Your body has to learn the new ways of alignment, and that can take time.

Muscle Soreness

It’s no secret that chiropractors impact the alignment of the spine and, therefore, the muscles surrounding the vertebrae. This can often bring about soreness in the back and neck. Gentle massage and ice can help with this discomfort, but it will often resolve itself within a few days once your body gets used to the adjustment. If you have any questions about chiropractic care and its many benefits, contact Dr. Thomas Madigan and Dr. Brendan Shanahan at Vitality Precision Chiropractic in Rochester Hills. They and their team would love to answer any questions you have and help you schedule your consultation.