Toxic Release and Chiropractic

Published September 3rd, 2019 by Dr. Markson

Chiropractic care is a natural and effective treatment that provides benefits ranging from pain relief to increased energy. Receiving regular chiropractic adjustments improves your overall health and wellness and many of our patients report feelings of improvement in just one visit. There is sometimes an adjustment period for those new to chiropractic, and you may experience a few days of toxic release after your first adjustment. But what exactly is toxic release and how do you manage this temporary problem?

What Is Toxic Release?

When you receive a chiropractic adjustment, the toxins that were locked in your body are finally released. This is a good thing, as it means your body is being cleansed and cured, but it does have a temporary downside. Toxic release can briefly impact how well you feel, and you may experience cold or flu-like symptoms.

Keep in mind, not everyone experiences these feelings from toxic release and if you do, it won’t last!

Why Does Toxic Release Happen?

As manipulations are made in the joints and spine, there can sometimes be a negative reaction (toxic release). Chiropractic clears out negative subluxations and interferences in the spine. As your body adjusts to those dysfunctions being treated, it takes a short period of time to process its improved spinal function. Toxic release is sometimes just part of that adjustment process.

Is Toxic Release Common?

Though toxic release is not experienced by all of our patients, it is not uncommon. Roughly 15-20% of chiropractic patients experience some level of toxic release.

If you do experience toxic release after your first visit, don’t feel discouraged. As you continue to receive chiropractic care, toxic release will no longer be an issue. Thanks to regular adjustments, your body will be functioning optimally, meaning there will be fewer toxins in the body.

Symptoms of Toxic Release

Toxic release can feel different from person to person, but some of the common symptoms include:

  • Cold- or flu-like symptoms

  • Fatigue

  • Fever

  • Night sweats

  • Headaches

  • Dizziness

  • Tight muscles

  • Diarrhea

  • Nausea

These symptoms will improve quickly, but monitor your wellness and contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

How to Manage Toxic Release Side Effects

To manage negative symptoms of toxic release, we recommend that you:

  • Drink Plenty of Water – Hydration is key for the body to function as it should and for getting rid of toxins. Be sure to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated.

  • Get Some Rest – A good night’s sleep is always important, but especially so after an adjustment. If you experience toxic release symptoms, get plenty of restful sleep for the next few days to help the symptoms run their course.

  • Exercise Regularly – You may feel tired, but light exercise like yoga and walking can improve how you feel.

  • Eat Healthy – You know nutrition is important for a healthy body, but after an adjustment avoid processed foods and try to eat meals rich in fruits and vegetables.

If you have any questions about what to expect during your first adjustment, let us know in the comments or click here to contact us! One of our experienced chiropractic professionals will be happy to help!

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