Why Symptoms Get Worse Following a Chiropractic Treatment

By Dr. Erik Simms

Chiropractic care is often used to deal with musculoskeletal conditions and pain. However, some people may experience a worsening of their symptoms following chiropractic treatment. In some cases, this may be due to the underlying condition itself. In other cases, it may be due to how the chiropractic treatment is carried out.

Why I Might Feel Worse after Seeing a Chiropractor? 

It is normal to feel worse after seeing a chiropractor, especially if you have been in pain for a long time. There are numerous justifications for this to happen.

For example, when the chiropractor is working to adjust the spine and release any tension built up, it can cause temporary discomfort. Once the adjustment is complete, most people feel relief from their symptoms.

Another reason you may feel worse after seeing a chiropractor is that your body is not used to the new alignment. It counts much for your body to adjust, leading to increased pain and discomfort.

It is important to remember the long-term benefits of chiropractic care are worth it. If you are anxious about your symptoms, please talk to your chiropractor.

Is There Anything I Can Do to Avoid Feeling Worse after Seeing a Chiropractor?

You can do a few simple things to prevent feeling worse after your appointment with a chiropractor.

First, make sure to communicate with your chiropractor. Tell them about any pain you’re currently experiencing and how long you’ve been dealing with it. This will help them tailor your treatment to your specific needs.

Second, try to relax during your appointment. Chiropractic adjustments can sometimes be uncomfortable, but it’s important to remember that they’re ultimately helping you feel better. Focus on your breath and try to stay as relaxed as possible.

Finally, give your body time to adjust after your appointment. It’s not common to feel a little sore or stiff after a chiropractic adjustment, but this will disappear within a day or two. Contact your chiropractor if you’re still feeling pain after a few days.

When Should I Seek Medical Attention If I Feel Worse after Seeing a Chiropractor?

There are some possible reasons why this may occur, and it is essential to rule out any serious underlying causes.

One possibility is increased pain due to the manipulation of your joints. This is known as the “acute phase reaction” and is considered normal. It usually lasts 24-48 hours and is followed by decreased pain.

Another likelihood is that you have a pre-existing condition aggravated by chiropractic treatment. If you have back pain from the past, for example, you may find that your symptoms worsen after treatment.

If you experience severe pain after seeing a chiropractor, it is crucial to seek medical attention immediately. This could signify a serious condition, such as a herniated disc.

Consult your doctor before starting any new treatment, including chiropractic care, is always a good idea. It will help ensure that you earn the best possible respect and that any underlying conditions are appropriately diagnosed and treated.


Overall, it’s important to remember that feeling worse after seeing a chiropractor is often temporary. If you’re concerned about your symptoms, talk to your chiropractor.

Triple Crown Chiropractic is Walton’s premier chiropractic clinic. We are a group of knowledgeable and experienced chiropractors. We offer cutting-edge soft tissue and spinal therapies, including sciatica treatments to help you get over your shoulder and low back pain. Contact us now and set an appointment. 

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