Surprisingly, approximately two-thirds of our patients report some improvement after the first chiropractic adjustment. Most of the rest will be in the first one to three weeks, after several more treatments. This really depends on the person, but many people feel better immediately after adjusting. If your body has been out of alignment for a long time, then re-aligning will feel good, and you may also feel more relaxed and flexible afterwards.
People with more serious injuries can expect longer recovery times. Usually, people with broken bones or fractures will see a healing time that ranges from 5 to 6 weeks. If the result of the injury was a ligament or tendon tear in the spine, improvement may take 6 to 8 weeks. The longest recovery time will be for an injury related to the discs and cartilage of the spine, which could take 3 months or more.
Depending on the extent of the spinal injury, patients typically experience a 40-80% reduction in pain after their first visit. However, overall improvement occurs within 1 to 4 weeks of starting chiropractic therapy. After an adjustment, some people experience a sense of peace and relaxation. Others have felt a warm and relaxing sensation, which flows to various parts of their bodies.
Some feel very energetic and spend the day feeling light and happy. Other people may find that their symptoms have started to go away. In addition, there are people who don't feel any different after an adjustment, simply because their body shows no signs of external reaction. A chiropractic adjustment is a non-surgical healthcare treatment used to treat disorders of the musculoskeletal or nervous system, such as low back pain, neck pain, and other ailments.