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Do Chiropractic Adjustments Release Toxins?

Nearly 20% of chiropractic patients experience a “toxin release” following an adjustment. While this can sound alarming, it is actually a particularly good thing.

This toxin release means that the adjustment has helped release the toxins that had been stored in the body, which can then be flushed out of the body.

Our chiropractors at Impact Medical Wesley Chapel explain where these toxins come from and what to do after a chiropractic adjustment.

Why Do Chiropractic Adjustments Release Toxins?

Chiropractic adjustment works by correcting subluxations, which are misalignments of the spine. Subluxations can cause several problems in the body, including nerve issues and pain throughout the nervous system.

When they are corrected with chiropractic care, toxins can be released that have been stored in the body because subluxations often occur at points where the nerves enter the spinal cord.

When nerves are compressed or interfered with, messages cannot be sent to the brain and the rest of the body. This can lead to a build-up of toxins in the body, including pockets of air around the spinal cord. This is what can cause the cracking or popping sound when you get a chiropractic adjustment.

Symptoms of Toxin Release

While the release of toxins after an adjustment is considered a good thing, some patients may experience some temporary side effects as these toxins leave their bodies.

Symptoms could include:

  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Cold or flu-like symptoms

If you experience any of these side effects after an adjustment, make sure to drink plenty of water and rest as your body goes through the detoxification process. These symptoms generally subside within a day or two.

The Benefits of Toxin Release After Chiropractic Adjustments

You might be thinking that this toxin release doesn’t sound like it has many benefits based on some of the symptoms, but it does.

While you might have to deal with a headache or a little bit of nausea, in a few days you will find that you feel more energetic. In addition, your brain will function more clearly because it can properly communicate with the affected nerves.

Further, if you suffer from anxiety, you may find that your body feels more relaxed. This is all due to the toxin release!

Remember, while the symptoms might feel weird at first, it is a sign that the adjustment was effective.

Relieving the Discomfort of Toxin Release

After an adjustment at our Wesley Chapel clinic, there are a few things that we advise our chiropractic patients to do to help relieve any discomfort.

#1. Drink Water

Water helps toxins move through your body quickly and flushes them through your bloodstream and then to your bladder where they can be discarded. This helps your body recover faster.

We recommend drinking as much water as you can, ideally around eight cups a day. This not only keeps your body hydrated but encourages the toxins to be released from your body.

Also, to ensure that you are getting enough minerals, add some lemon juice to the water. Lemon juice contains electrolytes like magnesium, calcium, and potassium that can help your muscles heal faster. Electrolytes also reduce the toxic pain release and can even prevent other symptoms from occurring. 

#2. Take a Nap

After a chiropractic adjustment, it is always important to rest. After your appointment, consider taking a nap, but you don’t have to stay in bed and sleep, find calm activities to do like watching a movie or reading. Just make sure to get some much-needed rest so your body can heal.

#3. Eat Fruit and Vegetables

Fruit and vegetables are full of beneficial vitamins and minerals. These can help reduce pain and boost your energy levels. They also contain antioxidants that can help keep your muscles and bones strong.

Add the following to your diet:

  • Cranberries
  • Cherries
  • Tomatoes
  • Spinach
  • Kale

We also recommend staying away from sugary or processed food. These unhealthy choices can make your toxin-release symptoms worse.

#4 Try Yoga

You might feel sore or weak as your body releases toxins, but yoga can help combat these symptoms. At first, it can be hard to push through any symptoms that you are experiencing, but you will start to notice that moving and stretching your body will make you feel significantly better.

Release Toxins from Your Body

If you are worried about the toxin release after a chiropractic adjustment, don’t be! This is a common side effect that is a sign that your body is recovering from an overflow of toxins. You’ll feel better in no time, trust us!

Ready for your next chiropractic adjustment? Come visit our chiropractors at Impact Medical Wesley Chapel!

Call (813) 953-1002 to schedule an appointment with our compassionate team today!