What Having Diarrhea After a Chiropractic Adjustment Means

By: Dr. Ellis Schauder|February 1, 2022

When your body hasn’t been feeling its best for some time, your first instinct may be to get chiropractic care. Working out the kinks in your neck and back—so you can sleep like a log without feeling exhausted in the morning—is just one of the many benefits of chiropractic care. 

However, for a few patients, attending their first chiropractic appointment may leave them wondering if they made the right choice. If you’re having negative reactions, such as diarrhea, after a chiropractic adjustment, does that mean there’s a problem?

The Condition of Your Body Before Chiropractic Care

Before delving into how your body responds to chiropractic care, it’s important to understand the condition of your body before treatment. Anything from an injury, infection, or fracture to poor posture or sleeping position can leave your spinal cord weak. Your body will feel the repercussions, including: 

  • Weak or tight muscles
  • Abnormal bowel functions
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Compromised mobility 

Since your spinal cord sends signals to your brain via your nervous system, misalignments can obstruct these chemical messages, slowing down your body’s functions. When a chiropractor corrects your subluxations or spine dysfunctions, your body can begin to work to its full potential again.

What Is Toxic Release?

While most patients can expect a positive reaction immediately after their first few chiropractic treatments, about 20% of patients experience toxic release. Toxic release, which may not feel ideal, is still a good sign that the body is healing during the adjustment period. 

Toxic release simply means that your chiropractor has released jammed energy caused by the subluxations. The pressure of the release can create symptoms, many of which mirror those of a dysfunctional spinal cord. Along with the side effect of having diarrhea after chiropractic adjustments, some other symptoms may include: 

  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Migraines
  • Stiff muscles
  • Night sweats

How Your Body Responds to Chiropractic Care

Your body goes through a lot during chiropractor visits. Believing that your body will suddenly feel completely well immediately after your first few treatments is a myth. Instead, sometimes your body may feel negative or uncomfortable symptoms for a bit longer while your body adjusts to having its  nervous system reset and detoxed. 

As long as you visit a qualified chiropractic practice like Schauder Chiropractic & Wellness Center for Orlando’s reliable chiropractic adjustments and treatments, you shouldn’t need to worry about these temporary cold- or flu-like symptoms or other minor results of treatment. 

However, if nausea or diarrhea persists after each visit, let your chiropractor know. If it refuses to let up, we will refer you to your primary care physician for a work-up.

Why Choose Schauder Chiropractic & Wellness Center?

For more on the myths about chiropractic care and what symptoms like diarrhea after chiropractic adjustments may mean, contact us. We’ve been helping people feel better since 1985 with our corrective strategies. We place listening to our patients first. 

Our goal is to use naturopathic remedies to diminish pain and permit full mobility for each patient. We create a customized treatment plan for each patient and take pride in our rehab and nutritional counseling. Trust us at Schauder Chiropractic & Wellness Center in Orlando, FL. Call us at 407-275-6700 today!

About The Author: Dr. Ellis Schauder

Dr. Schauder graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Consequently, he graduated with a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree from New York Chiropractic College. He completed post-graduate studies in the areas of radiology, impairment rating and chiropractic orthopedics. Dr. Schauder is licensed in the states of Florida and New York.