Toxic Release from Chiropractic Adjustments

Norwest Chiro Blog - Toxic Release from Chiropractic Adjustments

There are a lot of ways to naturally detox our body. Increasing physical activity, drinking more water, eating more foods rich in antioxidants, as well as getting enough sleep. But did you know that detoxification can also come from chiropractic adjustments? Here’s how it works.

Chiropractic and Toxic Release

After getting a chiropractic adjustment, it is common for some people to experience a few days of toxic release. This can include dizziness, headaches, fatigue and cold or flu-like symptoms. Overall, a person may feel sick during this period.

But no need to worry– this is actually a good thing!  While it gives unpleasant symptoms, this is a sign that detoxification is happening in your body.

You see, a toxic release happens when the toxins in your body are being released. During a chiropractic adjustment, the spine is put back into proper alignment. This results in a more efficient central nervous system that will send faster and clearer signals to all organs of the body. For example, it could tell your organs to ‘flush’ itself of toxins.

Once an organ gets this kind of signal, it performs what the brain tells it to do– which is to eliminate the toxins (toxic release).

This process could result in an adjustment period for the body, causing it to feel tired and even sick. The good news is that this doesn’t last long, and you should feel better once the body has adjusted.

Do I need a chiropractic detox?

If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed, always feeling tired and can’t keep up with your daily routine, having problems sleeping, dealing with depression or emotional mood swings, this could be your body’s way of telling you that you are STRESSED.

Stress, as we all know, is a kind of toxin that we encounter in our everyday life. If we let it build up, that could develop to a ‘toxic stress’ which is a severe type type of stress that can have serious negative effects on long-term health [1].

This is why a regular chiropractic detox is essential. It helps you flush out the toxins as well as toxic stress that has been regularly building up in your system. This is done through realigning the spine, and clearing the communication pathways from brain to your organs. For further reading on this topic, you can review some of these case studies that illustrate chiropractic’s positive effects in stress management and healing [2].

If you are still unsure of how chiropractic can benefit your health, don’t hesitate to email us and we’ll sure to answer all your enquiries.


[1] Hillary F. Toxic Stress: Effects, Prevention and Treatment. Children (Basel). 2014 Dec; 1(3): 390–402.

[2] Jamison, J. “Stress: The Chiropractic Patients’ Self-Perceptions.” Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 1999 Jul-Aug; 22(6): 395-398.