Aftercare Advice

During a course of chiropractic care, you can expect to feel physical changes as your body realigns. By practising simple but consistent aftercare you will help yourself to recover more quickly and maximise the benefits of your chiropractic treatment.

How will I feel after Treatment?

You may feel better straight away, or you might experience stiffness or tiredness, particularly after your first session. These effects should last no more than 48 hours and are signs that your body is responding well to treatment. Common side effects include:
  • Muscle stiffness or soreness
  • Tiredness
  • Headaches
  • Emotional sensitivity, including feeling tearful
  • Dizziness & light-headedness
  • Changes in your menstrual cycle
After each session, drink plenty of water and rest as much as possible. In the event that you feel dizzy or light-headed, avoid driving until you feel better. It is important that you talk to your chiropractor if you feel worried about anything either during or after treatment.

What can I do to help myself?

Your body needs 48 hours to adjust to the changes that have been made so it’s sensible to adhere to the following:
  • A void strenuous exercise, housework, gym visits, gardening, and long distance journeys
  • Keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water and avoiding alcohol
  • Take lukewarm showers for a couple of days. A hot soak will soften muscles and ligaments, potentially undoing all your good work
  • Think about your balance. Avoiding carrying a heavy bag on one shoulder, or sitting with one leg crossed over the other
  • Following any other specific advice your chiropractor has given you