Why do chiropractic adjustments feel good? 

After a long week of work, you might want to fix that back and neck. A majority of people prefer chiropractic therapy because it helps fix the spine and relieves all the build-up stress. It indeed relaxes you and makes you feel better. Being well and healthy keeps you happy and balanced. However, when some discomfort disrupts your daily well being you feel dissatisfied and disturbed. These physical discomforts can be due to numerous reasons like bad posture, previous injuries, etc. At a time like this chiropractor seems like a food solution to such a problem, relieving you of the pain and discomfort. 

Sometimes People might have distorted and wrong notions regarding chiropractors as a feasible solution to their problem. However, it’s ironic how one can feel so real and mobile once that “pop” happens. Here’s the question: what exactly makes the chiropractic adjustments feel so good? 

What is the science behind chiropractic therapy?

Chriropatrr mainly focussed on spine-related areas, the musculoskeletal system. The following will make things clearer for you:

  • Helps reduce pressure on the nerves: The spinal cord is the branch-out factor for the nerve roots and makes a major part of the central nervous system. Sometimes, misalignment of the nerves leads to discomfort like weak muscles, numbness in the area, pain, etc. The adjustments made by the chiropractor can help align the joints and muscles and also alleviate the pressure from nerves. It’s particularly helpful for areas of the body like the neck, head, and lower joints. 
  • Endorphin rush: There are inbuilt painkillers in the body, to help heal the pain when suffering from discomfort. What the chiropractor does is trigger the release of the hormone. These biochemical messengers attach themselves to the receptors in the brain and eventually lead to the release of pain. Hence, the positive feeling you get after seeing a chiropractor is essential for your well-being. 
  • Enhance biomechanical makeup: Sudden movements or jerks can restrict movement of the spine and cause muscle tightness. The chiropractor releases the pain by fixing the joint function and helping you move better. The flexibility, and lightness you feel in the movements help you keep your cool throughout the day and keep you happy and satisfied. 
  • Reduce stress: Sitting in that office charity all day with a bunch of workloads can stress you out leading to back pain, neck pain, etc. In a time like this, you need a chiropractor to help you relax after a stressful day and send you back all happy and satisfied with no restrictions on your movement. 

Types of discomfort you might have to go through

These adjustments generally do not impart significant pain to your body, however, it might vary from person to person and their body makeup.

  • Minimal discomfort: The sudden movement with controlled force is usually used to relieve the pain and fixate the joints in their right place.
  • The “pop” sound: People could usually seem terrified from seeing others experience the adjustments, and hearing the cracking sound thinking that it might hurt badly. On the contrary, the popping sound is simply the gas being released from the adjustments and does not indicate any sort of pain. 
  • Sore feeling: After the adjustments, some people might feel momentary soreness in the body, however, it fades away in a day or two. 

Factors Contributing to those Discomfort

Variance of  Pain Tolerance: The; level of pain experienced from person to person is different. Some people might face momentary pain during adjustments due to pre-existing conditions and heightened sensitivity. While others might feel minimal pain. 

Proper understanding and communication: if there’s any sort of pain during the adjustments,. It’s highly important that you inform the chiropractor immediately. Since everyone’s body makeup and composition is different it’s important to change the technique accordingly or choose a different option according to the need. 

Note: It’s essential to consult a professional chiropractor before any treatments. They will carefully evaluate your condition and explain the specific procedure they recommend. They will also take the time to address and alleviate any worries you have about possible discomfort during the process.

How do you optimize the chiropractic experience?

The chiropractor may give certain guidelines after the adjustments which should be followed by the patient to maximize relaxation and reduce the discomfort that can happen post-adjustments. Following are some ways you can reduce the pain and increase the effects:

Rest and relax: It’s essential that you let your body rest and heal after the adjustments. Avoid stress and any activities that might cause strain at least for the next 24 hours. 

Keep hydrating: It’s important to drain any toxins that might have been generated during the adjustments. It’s an essential part of your healing process.

Restrict sudden and long movements: Rigrupus workouts and movements should be avoided however, one can do some light walking and stretching to improve the blood flow. Consider talking to your chiropractor if there are any other instructions, tailored to everyone’s unique situation. 

Heat or ice pack: In the areas where you are facing momentary soreness and inflammation, the chiropractor may advise you to put a heat or ice pack on the area, depending upon the situation.

Medical care integration: It’s important to combine chiropractic care with traditional medicine. While chiropractic treatments can help with certain health issues, getting a diagnosis and proper medical care from a doctor is still very important. 

Tips and tricks to enhance your chiropractor experience:

  • It’s important to maintain a good and proper posture, it’s good for your spinal cord and always helps your chiropractor to make the adjustments and the future ones. 
  • By designing your workspace and daily routine with ergonomics in mind, you can greatly minimize the strain on your spine and joints, reducing overall discomfort and promoting well-being.
  • Scheduled visits: In case of sudden requirements, one should definitely visit the chiropractor. However, it’s always better to keep regular scheduled visits to your chiropractor to keep long-lasting healthy ways of your spinal cord and always help make future adjustments.

Note: It’s important to talk openly with your chiropractor if you have any questions or worries. They can give you personalized guidance and help you have a safe and positive experience.

Acknowledging Chiropractic Care’s Boundaries: Chiropractic adjustments have limitations and don’t solve every ailment. They’re not a universal remedy for all health issues. 

Focusing on Musculoskeletal Issues: Chiropractic care primarily targets problems with the muscles and skeleton. Other health concerns may need different treatments like surgery or medication. Consulting a healthcare professional ensures a correct diagnosis and customized treatment. 

Research Highlights Benefits: Studies show that chiropractic adjustments can help reduce pain and improve musculoskeletal conditions.


Chiropractic experience can be beneficial, it can help release stress, pain relief, increase mobility, and all over health. However, it is important to note that slight discomfort might occur after the adjustments, and one should talk to their chiropractor. 

It’s crucial to choose a professional qualified chiropractor to get a good experience and health-wise reduce the risks. Have an open and honest communication line with your chiropractor for a better experience and a healthier you.

About Dr. Osland

Passionate about the health of his patients, Dr. Osland has been a leading Chiropractor in Ventura for over two decades. Recognized as a top choice for athletes and every day individuals, he provides chiropractic services in Oxnard and Ventura, California.