what do you do after a chiro adjustment?

i'm not asking for medium/long-term/preventative advice such as 'use good form' and so forth. that stuff i already have, thanks.

but i'm not a chiro regular and i kind of forgot to ask this. so curious to know what others do in the first 12-ish hours right after they've had an adjustment, especially when it's something that's been off for a while. do you immediately start capitalizing on the improved joint movement and trying to consolidate it by stretching/mobility drills etc? or do you find it's better to minimize movement for a few hours, just to let the soft tissues adjust to the new joint position first?

i'm torn between wanting to 'lock in' the unlocking by showing my nervous system what normal movement feels like, and the fear of undoing fifty bucks' worth of work within just a couple of hours. for context, the thing he put right was a pelvic rotation that's had my s.i. restricted on one side for a few months.


  • Machka9
    Machka9 Posts: 23,645 Member
    I walk back to work. Then I sit and work for a while. I might get up and climb some stairs. Then I walk as part of my commute home. And cycle or walk in the evening. The usual.
  • ronjsteele1
    ronjsteele1 Posts: 1,064 Member
    We usually just go about our regular stuff and don't give it a second thought.
  • Sumiblue
    Sumiblue Posts: 1,597 Member
    I used to see a chiro for chronic neck issues and he always told me to rest and ice the area after my adjustments.
  • deannalfisher
    deannalfisher Posts: 5,600 Member
    I typically take it easy - I may ride for an easy - but it is an easy spin, no intervals; plus warm-shower

    if I've waited too long for an adjustment (I can typically feel that going in) - I pretty much take some Tylenol and go to bed
  • Packerjohn
    Packerjohn Posts: 4,855 Member
    The chiro should have told you about aftet care. Call the office and ask.
  • cherokee1246
    cherokee1246 Posts: 1 Member
    My daughter has that with the pelvic and they always tell her to rest especially if it has been out of wack because you need time for it to adjust or else you might as well have just burned your $50.00. She catches up with her reading and just relaxes for a change.
  • lorrpb
    lorrpb Posts: 11,464 Member
    I go about my day. If there were special instructions, chiro world have told you.
  • StaciMarie1974
    StaciMarie1974 Posts: 4,138 Member
    If its something 'off' more than a routine adjustment my chiro will usually give instructions such as to use ice every so often. But in general, I go about my day.

  • Fallfrenzy
    Fallfrenzy Posts: 118 Member
    I asked my chiro at one point about this and he had said that generally people just usually rush out the door. He at least recommended taking a 5-10 minute slow walk after the adjustment. If I could, put off any strength training for another day to give my body time to adjust. That is my chiro. Each one is likely different with their approach.
  • fitbethlin
    fitbethlin Posts: 162 Member
    I do an easy 10 minute walk home, then usually hang out. If I feel like I'm having muscle issues, I might use my roller or trigger point ball or do an easy 20 minute yoga routine.

    I'm still in active treatment though and get adjusted 3x/week. I work out in the mornings and my adjustments are in the afternoons.
  • bizgirl26
    bizgirl26 Posts: 1,808 Member
    Depends on the treatment but normally no weight training - Just light cardio