Why am I sore after a Chiropractor
Many people experience feeling sore after seeing a chiropractor due to the changes that are being made to their body. The feeling of soreness can be due to changes in the muscle fiber length. These are the muscles that are surrounding the joint being adjusted. Additionally, the soreness can be due to long standing wear & tear on the spine from conditions like arthritis. Though it is common for many people to feel sore in the beginning of care they tend to adapt to the new form of treatment. As a NeuroStructural Chiropractor I focus on correcting the structures of the spine that are injuring the nerve tissue. Nerve tissue is also the most sensitive tissue in the body.
The Nerve System
The function of the nerve system is to act as the roadways for communication between the brain and the body. Different nerves travel to every cell and tissue in the body so a patient will experience different secondary conditions. Depending on which nerve is injured and where that nerve travels to in the body. A nerve in the lower back will travel down the leg and may cause Sciatic Nerve Pain. Nerves in the lower back also travel to the bladder, lower digestive tract and reproductive organs. This means someone with an injury in their lower back can experience a variety of secondary conditions based upon which nerve is injured.
The Human Body
The human body was built intelligently, the brain and spinal cord are protected by some of the strongest bones in the body, the skull and vertebrae. This is important because they protect the most delicate tissue in the body, nerve tissue. The importance of proper communication of the messages sent and received between the brain & body should not be taken lightly. When these signals are interrupted or obstructed, the messages are disrupted. This can causing dis-ease of the muscle or organ which may result in secondary conditions. An example would be hypo or hyperthyroidism, high or low blood pressures or even digestive issues. Over time the body struggles to function properly causing wear & tear and eventually leading to disease.
The spinal cord is protected by the spinal column which is made up of a series of moveable vertebrae (bones). The function of proper movement of these bones allows people to twist, bend & turn athletically. Proper movement of the vertebrae also keep the discs healthy. Discs sit between each vertebra and act as a spacer to create room for the nerves to exit the spine. These nerves travel to different areas of the body: The Heart, Lungs, Stomach, Bladder & Reproductive organs to name a few. Because very little blood that reaches the discs, movement of the vertebrae are what allows the discs to pump out toxins and pump in healthy nutrients.
Since these vertebrae are moveable, they are also susceptible & vulnerable to shifting out of proper alignment. As stress and forces are placed on the spinal column, the bones can shift and get stuck. When vertebrae are stuck out of alignment, toxins build up in the disc and normal wear & tear occurs leading to arthritis. Additionally, when the bones of the spine shift outside of a normal functional range, rather than protecting the nerve system they injure it. This leads to an obstruction of messages sent between the brain & body causing the body to function with dis-ease and may eventually lead to a disease. The new movement of these stuck bones may lead to patients feeling sore after seeing a chiropractor.
Another form of stress that is often overlooked is neurological stress caused by Structural shifts of the spine. Remember how we talked about how important function was. Well the bodies command center is the nerve system, the brain & spinal cord. It controls & coordinates every function of the body. It is constantly sending and receiving messages throughout the body. And it’s so important that it is protected by the strongest bones in the body. The skull fuses to one solid piece but the spinal cord is protected by a series of bones called vertebrae.
These bones allow movement so we can bend and twist and rotate so we can be athletic. But Because they’re moveable, they are vulnerable to stress & forces that can cause them to lose their proper position. When that happens, rather than protecting the nerve system it actually causes nerve injuries and prevents the nerve systems ability to send those messages which control & coordinate the function of the body.
Many people experience secondary conditions that are a direct result of a structural shift of the spin resulting in nerve injury. These typically occur due to a trauma or a repetitive motion injury. Traumas such as car accidents, even minor ones when the vehicles are traveling 10 miles per hour can result in a whiplash injury causing a structural shift of the spine. Athletes also experience traumas and put stress on their bodies that may result in these structural shifts.
Symptoms are signs from our body telling us that there is an underlying problem, the symptom itself is not the cause of the issue. When people decide to cover up symptoms it can lead to a more serious health condition as the injured tissue continues to break down. Take for example what happens when someone has a lower back pain. Structural shifts of the spine typically result in back pain. The body responds by causing a muscle spasm to try and shift the bone back into place, it is common to also have a nerve pain as well. The quality of a nerve pain can be any one of the following: Sharp, Shooting, Burning, Numbness, Tingling or Deep. Knowing what is causing the secondary conditions is key when deciding what treatment will get the best results. As these secondary conditions are being treated, patients may feel sore after seeing a chiropractor.
The Goal of Chiropractic Care
The goal of Chiropractic is to restore, improve & maintain the integrity of the spine with the purpose of protecting & healing the nerve system. This is something that only Chiropractors are trained to do and sadly less and less are focusing their skills on spinal adjustments. Many physical therapists and other chiropractors have focused on manipulations of the spine. They are changing the structure of the spine to decrease muscle spasms & increase range of motion. These changes are what can cause patients to feel sore after seeing a chiropractor.
Chiropractor Colorado Springs
As a Chiropractor in Colorado Springs, I use an objective and conservative health care approach focused on the spine and nerve system. We assess how the structure of the spine is directly affecting the nerve system. In our office we run a premium model similar to Luis Vuitton as opposed to a model like Massage Envy.
Our office uses objective indicators to identify structural shifts of the spine outside of a normal structural range, similarly to how an engineer assesses the structural integrity of a building. Then we use instrumentation to identify nerve inflammation as the nerve system are exits the spine. Information is paired to create a well-rounded assessment of a patient’s condition. The pairing of this information is used to generate a plan to correct the issue. In our office we identify symptoms that are really a secondary condition caused an injured nerve that resulted from a structural shift of the spine.