What to Do After a Chiropractic Adjustment

A woman lays on a table and undergoes chiropractic adjustments.

If you are considering chiropractic care or have already scheduled an upcoming appointment, you may be wondering what happens after your first chiropractic visit and what to do after a chiropractic adjustment.

Chiropractic care provides substantial benefits, and chiropractic adjustments can help with musculoskeletal issues, promote optimal spinal health, and enhance overall well-being. While your chiropractor may provide specific post-adjustment instructions, there are generally things you can do after your chiropractic session to ensure that you make the most out of your chiropractic care and receive the full benefits of your visit.

In this article, we’ll review the things you should (and shouldn’t) do after your chiropractic adjustment.

What to Do After a Chiropractic Adjustment

Do Light Movement
Eat Healthy
Do Your Assigned Exercises
Consult With Your Chiropractor

Your chiropractor should provide you with specific post-adjustment instructions, which may include what we’ve listed below. To maximize the benefits of your treatment, it’s important to adhere to your chiropractor’s recommendations. Here’s what you can do generally after a chiropractic adjustment, which will optimize your chiropractic treatment and provide long-term benefits as well.


Drinking plenty of water is one of the best things you can do for your body anyway, and staying hydrated after a chiropractic adjustment will help your body flush out toxins that may be released during the adjustment, allowing your body to heal more efficiently and quickly.

Staying hydrated can also help with any soreness experienced after the adjustment, which is not uncommon if you are being treated for the first time. This soreness should be mild and temporary and can be eased by icing. Talk with your chiropractor about what the recommendations are for you if you experience soreness.

Move Around, But Avoid Strenuous Activity

Light movement can help to stimulate blood flow and increase circulation which will help with the healing process that began with your adjustment. Good ways to stay active after your adjustment include walking, swimming, or biking, done in moderation. Avoid heavy lifting or vigorous exercise that may put undue stress on your body immediately after. 

You can always speak with your chiropractor on your specific recommendations, considering your athletic background and the condition you are being treated for.

Eat Healthy

While this is generally regarded as a recommendation for optimal health regardless of whether you are getting chiropractic care, eating healthy, nutrient-dense foods after your adjustment is beneficial for keeping inflammation levels lower and helping speed recovery.

Do Your Chiropractic Exercises

Chiropractic care is not only about adjustments. For optimal long-term results, your chiropractor should also prescribe exercises or movements for you to follow in a routine way that compliments your treatment. Being diligent and consistent with these exercises will help you sustain the benefits of your adjustment and can prevent future issues as well.

Consult With Your Chiropractor

If you have questions about what you are feeling or what to do after a chiropractic adjustment, it’s best to contact your chiropractor. 

It’s not uncommon to feel new sensations after treatment as your body adjusts to new stimuli, similar to when you attempt a new exercise movement. In some cases, individuals may experience a temporary exacerbation of symptoms prior to seeing improvement. This reaction is usually a sign that your body is healing itself, and your chiropractor can provide you with specific recommendations. 

Don’t be afraid to ask questions!

PostureWorks Goes Above and Beyond Typical Chiropractic Adjustments

It’s no secret that chiropractic adjustments offer many benefits, such as improved mobility, stress reduction, pain relief, and immune support. The best chiropractic care isn’t just about treating existing problems; it’s also about preventing future issues. 

The team at PostureWorks is dedicated to providing the best long-term solutions to alleviate current conditions and reduce the risk of future problems. We go beyond traditional adjustments and use Chiropractic BioPhysics® (CBP), a highly advanced and specialized chiropractic approach that focuses on correcting spinal misalignments and postural abnormalities through a prescribed combination of spinal remodeling traction, postural adjustments, and corrective postural exercises to improve overall health.

Method Description Benefits
Digital Analysis of Spinal Structure and Biomechanics An in-depth analysis of spinal health, mobility, and the potential for correction through treatment. Measurable and visible to pinpoint underlying conditions and how to correct them
Spinal Remodeling Traction A stretch of the spinal ligaments and supportive tissue. The only treatment that has been shown to restore optimal curvature of the spine and reduce long-term pain
Postural Adjustments  Precise adjustments in the mirror image of an individual’s postural distortion to realign the spinal optimally. Targets optimal spinal alignment unique to the individual, while also improving joint mobility, and can offer immediate relief
Corrective Exercises Prescribed mirror image exercises specific to an individual’s postural deviations, designed to target, strength, and stabilize. Promotes sustained benefits of the chiropractic treatment. through neuromuscular re-education and enhances musculoskeletal health

Our doctors are available at every point in your care to ensure that your questions are answered and to give recommendations specific to your needs. Our team will tell you what to do after a chiropractic adjustment, as well as what to expect at each point during your treatment plan.

PostureWorks provides highly specialized and individually tailored treatment plans that effectively treat the root cause, not just the symptoms, and reduce the likelihood of developing new problems. 

Contact us today to learn more about how PostureWorks can reduce your pain, improve overall function, provide preventative care, and help you live an optimal, healthier life.

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