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Chiropractic adjustments can alleviate neck and back pain. A licensed chiropractor uses spinal manipulation to improve spinal mobility, the nervous system, and the body’s functionality. However, some patients may feel headaches after a chiropractic adjustment. These severe headaches are temporary and subside quickly.  Let’s take a closer look at why these headaches occur at all and what causes them. 

Why does Headache Happen After Chiropractic Adjustment?

Your spine serves as a busy pathway for chemical signals between your brain and the rest of the body. When your spine is misaligned, these chemical signals are blocked. The kink in the spine causes the accumulation of chemicals around your vertebrae and muscles joints. As your chiropractor removes the subluxations, it can cause the release of these chemical signals and toxins. 

As the body adjusts to its new environment, normal chemicals flow, and toxin release can overwhelm your body, causing temporary headaches. Additionally, you may also experience cold-like symptoms.  

These headaches go away on their own. If the headaches persist, you can use over-the-counter medications or an ice pack.

What Causes The Sever Headaches Post Chiropractic Adjustment

Your body reacts to chemicals in and outside the body. For instance, a strong perfume can cause mild headaches. As mentioned above, after the chiropractic adjustment sudden release of so many chemical signals overwhelms the nervous system, and you experience mild to severe headaches.  

How To Manage Headaches Following Chiropractic Adjustment

If you have a history of headaches, take the prescribed medicine with you while visiting a chiropractor.  For the first-timer, chiropractors can’t predict the side effects. Therefore, such patients are asked to remain in the office after the treatment. The chiropractor can help you manage your headaches or other related symptoms in case of any side effects.

For most patients, the headache subsides on its own, while others go for other treatments like ice packs and over-the-counter medications that effectively treat the headaches.  If you regularly experience headaches after chiropractic care, taking meds before the treatment can benefit you.    

Chiropractic Adjustments Are An Effective Treatment Of Headaches

These temporary headaches should not keep you away from the tremendous health benefits of chiropractic treatment. Chiropractic care can alleviate headaches with back, neck, and muscular pain. Your chiropractor can effectively treat various headaches through spinal manipulation, including tension headaches

Chiropractic care can facilitate long-term relief from headaches. Your body responds to non-invasive treatment in a better way. 


Are headaches after the chiropractic adjustment a good sign?

Headache after the spinal manipulation is a sign that your body is recovering. It tells you that spinal subluxations have been corrected. 

Are strokes common after neck manipulation?

High-velocity neck manipulation can lead to a vertebral artery dissection, causing posterior circulation stroke. 

What are the side effects of neck adjustment?

  • Muscle soreness
  • Worsen a disk herniation
  • Cause stroke or paralysis
  • Restrict blood vessels
  • Bone fracture

How to ease tension headache after chiropractic care?

  • Limit the stress
  • Reduce the time you spend looking down on the phone. 
  • Take short breaks on long drives.
  • Sleep on your back and keep your neck in a neutral position. 
  • Do exercises and stretches.

Final Thoughts

Side effects following chiropractic care are not common. However, you may experience headaches or flu-like symptoms after the adjustment, which are temporary and can resolve after some time. If you have a severe headache, talk to your chiropractor and get immediate relief.