Should You Exercise after a Chiropractic Adjustment?
If you've been experiencing pain, you may have consulted a chiropractor for pain relief. Chiropractic adjustments are a standard treatment for pain relief, but is it safe to work out after an adjustment? Dr. David Guzzardo of Guzzardo Chiropractic Center will discuss the pros and cons of working out after an adjustment.
What to Expect during a Chiropractic Adjustment
During a chiropractic adjustment, you will lie on a chiropractic table. Our chiropractor will apply pressure to the affected area. You may hear a popping noise as our chiropractor adjusts your spine. This noise is caused by releasing gas from the joints in your spine.
After the chiropractic adjustment, you may feel pain relief. However, it’s not uncommon to experience some soreness in the days following the treatment. This soreness is similar to what you might feel after starting a new workout routine and is a normal part of the healing process.
Why You Should Not Exercise after an Adjustment
Like a new workout routine, your body needs time to adjust after a chiropractic treatment. For the first 24 hours after your treatment, it’s essential to rest and allow your body to heal. Add in some light activity slowly after that. Avoid strenuous activity or exercise for 48 hours after your chiropractic treatment.
Ask our chiropractor if you have any questions about whether you should work out after a chiropractic adjustment. They'll give you specific recommendations based on your individual needs.
What Are the Benefits of Exercise after an Adjustment?
Once our chiropractor has cleared you to start exercising again, there are many benefits to adding exercise into your routine. Exercise can help in multiple ways, including the following:
- Reduce inflammation
- Increase range of motion
- Improve flexibility
- Strengthen muscles
- Improve circulation
These benefits can help with pain management and the healing process. In addition, gentle exercise is a great way to prevent future injuries.
When Should You Avoid Exercise?
Even though exercise has many benefits after a chiropractic adjustment, sometimes it’s best to avoid exercise. If you’re experiencing any of the following, it's best to wait until these symptoms have resolved:
- Severe pain
- Numbness or tingling
- Muscle weakness
If unsure whether you should exercise, always err on the side of caution and consult our chiropractor. This talk is essential for pain management, because pain can disrupt your daily life.
Contact Us for Comprehensive Chiropractic Adjustments
Chiropractic adjustments are a great way to relieve pain and improve function in the body. If your chiropractor has cleared you to start exercising again, there are many benefits to adding exercise into your routine. If you need a chiropractic adjustment or are experiencing pain, contact Guzzardo Chiropractic Center in Clinton Township today at (586) 286-6616. Dr. David Guzzardo and his team will be happy to help you feel your best.