Do people sometimes feel worse after a chiropractic adjustment?
This is a common question we get asked in our office.
ANSWER: As deep stress is released people may experience “retracing.”
Retracing is a beneficial healing phenomenon that is seen when there is deep stress release. It may make patients think they are getting worse – they are, in fact getting better. Chiropractic care wakes up your inner healer and that often results in relaxation, a decrease in pain, comfort, balance, and more energy. Retracing may cause the patient to think they are getting worse when the opposite is happening.
For example, old injuries that haven’t healed completely may “reawaken” for more complete healing.
As your body rebalances it begins to use muscles differently and you might temporarily feel “charley horse” or muscle soreness.
Some people may experience diarrhea or even a dormant cold may come to the surface. This is usually a cleansing (detoxification) of the body which is a good (though temporarily uncomfortable) reaction. An extra glass or two of water, a bath with Epsom salts, or a sauna may help flush the toxins.
Memories and feelings associated with an injury may come to the surface.
Dreams may be unusual, intense, or revealing aftercare.
The Most Important Benefits
The true benefits of the adjustment are usually found below the level of consciousness. It is when the nerve communication to the heart, lungs, joints, sexual organs, skin, eyes, ears, and the brain itself are improved that the true benefits of chiropractic are experienced.
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