Chiropractic & Toxic Release

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 adjustments 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.

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, Please let us know or contact us! Dr. Ryan or one of our professional assistants will be happy to help!