Why do chiropractic adjustments feel so good?

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asked Jul 14 in Pain by 702792 (860 points)
Why do chiropractic adjustments feel so good?

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answered Jul 20 by LynnTerry (6,790 points)
Chiropractic adjustments feel so good because during a chiropractic adjustment your brain releases endorphins, which give you the feelings of pleasure and euphoria.

And these endorphins also help block pain signals, and stick around a long time after the adjustment to help us keep feeling good.

This, in a nutshell, is the basic science of why the adjustment feels so good.

It is normal to feel worse for awhile after going to a chiropractor.

You may feel worse after a chiropractor adjustment which is normal and you should start feeling better within 24 hours.

When you get an adjustment from a chiropractor, your vertebrae are being moved slightly.

Your muscles have to adapt to the movement of the bone, so they may end up lengthening or shortening slightly, which can lead to soreness.

The soreness is related to the movement of the bones and not to the pressure utilized by the chiropractor.

After you have a chiropractic adjustment your body may experience headaches, fatigue or pain in the parts of the body that were treated.

Chiropractic adjustment is a procedure in which trained specialists (chiropractors) use their hands or a small instrument to apply a controlled, sudden force to a spinal joint.

The goal of this procedure, also known as spinal manipulation, is to improve spinal motion and improve your body's physical function.

There are several benefits of a chiropractic adjustment including: Helps minimize migraines and neck-related headaches.

Improves your posture. Reduces pain and improves range of motion of your spine and other joints.

A chiropractic visit typically lasts for up to 30 minutes.

An introductory visit typically lasts longer than a “routine” visit.

The most common reactions after a chiropractic adjustment are local discomfort in the area of treatment (two thirds of reactions), followed by pain in areas other than that of treatment, fatigue or headache (10% each).

Nausea, dizziness or "other" reactions are uncommonly reported (< 5% of reactions).

Each visit with a chiropractor can cost between $30.00 and $200.00 for the average person.

Generally, intensive treatments are more expensive than something like an adjustment.

In fact, adjustments are offered for between $50.00 and 500.00 each by most chiropractic offices.

Sleeping on your side after a chiropractic adjustment is another way to help keep your spine aligned, so that you alleviate unnecessary pressure in the back, and help your body recover while in its most natural position.

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