It is very common for a patient who has just begun chiropractic care to feel worse before they feel better. If the patient discontinues care after only two or three adjustments because it ‘only made them feel worse,’ they haven’t allowed the body to adapt to the changes that are occurring in the body. Most of the time, a patient beginning care in their adult life have had years and years of accumulated spinal misalignments. The first few adjustments may cause discomfort due to the changes that are happening, even though they are positive changes. If the chiropractor doesn’t explain this process as being very normal and natural, the patient, expecting pain relief, may be disappointed to see that they may feel temporarily worse.
Much like beginning a new exercise program, the body needs time to adapt to the changes that are taking place. The first time you go for a run, your body may feel tired, weak, sore and nauseous. However, give it a couple weeks and your body adapts to these new positive changes and you begin to feel much better and stronger. If misalignments that have been present for years are suddenly being corrected, it is expected that the body may ‘complain’ somewhat at first. It takes time for the muscles, ligaments and joints to re-adapt to the vertebra’s new and improved position.
Have patience… Chiropractic care is a process that may take some time. Honor and be grateful for the changes. After all, you are likely beginning chiropractic care because you have recognized that something needs to change in your body! Remember that the purpose of chiropractic adjustments is not to relieve symptoms, but to help your body function at its optimum level by removing interference from your nervous system. Once the interference is gone, your life energy is able to flow to all parts of your body as it is needed. With time and regular care, you will be very happy you made the decision to begin the process. Your “life” depends on it!