10 Detox Symptoms After Chiropractic Adjustment


Chiropractic adjustments can provide major benefits through spine alignment. Such procedures help improve the balance of mind and body. But one of the most major advantages of chiropractic adjustment comes from the release of toxins that can build up within the body.

Over 40% of chiropractic patients receive treatment due to referrals from doctors who have determined that they need extra support in health improvement. They seek this care for reasons as varied as neck pain, extreme tiredness, and constant headaches. Chiropractors believe that many of these symptoms stem from a build-up of toxins within the body and that spinal adjustment can help your body release these toxins.

The toxic release can cause a variety of symptoms and may change depending on your body and circumstances. The detoxification symptoms may concern or surprise you, but they are normal signs of the body regulating itself. Many symptoms imitate those of minor cold and flu symptoms and are caused by the release of normal chemicals and hormones that already exist in the body.

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After leaving your chiropractor, you may notice increased exhaustion or fatigue. You may have difficulty doing some of your normal activities or feel increased drowsiness. The irony is that this post-adjustment fatigue may actually lead to an increase in energy over time! Some research suggests that chiropractic adjustment can help with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or other conditions that cause fatigue.


Sometimes, headaches can mean you have a concussion. However, after your chiropractic adjustment, you may also feel a dull, aching headache on one or both sides of your head. Like fatigue, this toxic release symptom may be paradoxically helpful in the long run: 87% of chiropractors report working with patients who exhibit headache symptoms, and patients with migraines often turn to chiropractors as part of their treatment plan. A massage can help, as can resting in a dark, cool room.

Tight Muscles

The way you hold your body–your posture– is influenced by the natural position of your spine – and over time, the build-up of stress and toxins in your body causes your spine to change position. This can change the tension in your muscles. After a spinal adjustment, you may begin experiencing more muscle tightness. This, too, is a symptom of toxin release. You can use over-the-counter painkillers to help combat the pain or take a soak in a warm bath. The tightness should subside within a day or two.


It is very important to hydrate before a chiropractic adjustment. The release of the chemicals and hormones in your body that jumpstart detoxification can overwhelm your body and cause dehydration. Symptoms of dehydration include feelings of thirst, headache, dark yellow urine, dry mouth or eyes, chapped lips, tiredness, and lightheadedness. If you begin to feel these symptoms, the best option is to drink water. The recommendations for water intake vary, but a good rule of thumb is half an ounce for every pound you weigh.


Nausea causes an ill feeling in your gastrointestinal tract that may make you feel like you need to vomit, although not everyone actually vomits as a result of nausea. Depending on the level of toxins in your body, this symptom can feel very strong. This could also be related to the way your inner ear is affected by spinal alignment. The release of toxins is a pretty big shock to your body, so it makes sense that nausea can happen!


Dizziness often goes hand in hand with nausea – often, people who experience dizziness also experience nausea as a side effect. This is especially true with the toxic release from a chiropractic adjustment because the adjustment will affect your inner ear. Your inner ear houses the fluids that dictate your equilibrium, and any change can make you feel dizzy. Make sure to sit and stand slowly from laying down positions.


Despite old wives’ tales and instinctual fear, fevers are actually a good thing for the body. It is one of the body’s best defenses against infection or other body changes. Blocking fever can actually have more of a negative effect than allowing the fever to run its course. Triggering a release of toxins can cause fever as well and jumpstart your immune system to fight some of the germs that may have built up as a result of over-toxicity. You can increase your intake of water and other fluids to help cool your body down.

Gastrointestinal Distress

Spinal adjustment means releasing tension and toxins that have built up in the gastrointestinal tract – and that can mean the release of waste as well. Often, patients will report diarrhea after a spinal adjustment. This helps flush out those toxins and ensures that they don’t remain in the body. The best course of action is to increase your fluid intake and try not to take any medications that will stop the diarrhea. It, too, must run its course to have the best possible outcome.

Night Sweats

Toxins in the bloodstream affect your nervous system’s ability to regulate its temperature. This dysregulation can cause night sweats because your body is not able to produce the correct reaction for the temperature. After a chiropractic adjustment, the increase of toxins in the bloodstream can overwhelm the nervous system, which will then work its hardest to flush out the toxins through perspiration. This is actually a benefit – the sweat will help release your toxins more quickly.


All of these symptoms can be uncomfortable and impact your day. As such, you may experience increased irritability after a chiropractic adjustment. The important thing is to be patient and gentle with yourself. Take the time and space you need after an adjustment, and practice whatever it is you need for self-care, whether that means a long, hot shower or to sit and read in a shady spot outside. Whatever helps you feel your best can be an excellent way of not only dealing with your irritability but also relaxing your nervous system so that you ultimately feel fewer results of the toxic release.