Is Chiropractic Toxic Release Real?

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After visiting your local family chiropractor at Ripple Health Clinic in Rogers, you may experience cold or flu-like symptoms. This isn’t because the clinic was unhygienic, nor is this a sign of a viral infection. The discomfort and bodily symptoms you are experiencing are caused by a phenomenon called toxic release or toxic relief. This is a relatively common, and completely normal, side effect of chiropractic adjustments. Keep reading to learn more.

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what is

Toxic Release?

When the body is misaligned, toxins will gather and become trapped in tiny air pockets that exist naturally in our spinal joints. The toxins in the body are then released by chiropractic manipulations, which is great news because the body is being cleansed and cured, but the process has some slight downsides. Toxic release can impact how you feel for a few days, and you may feel cold or flu-like symptoms.

toxic release


If you experience toxic release — the vast majority of chiropractic patients do not — the symptoms may include fatigue, night sweats, tight muscles, and diarrhea. Feeling fatigued after an adjustment is also common because the body is adjusting to the way the nervous system responds to treatment. Before the alignment, the nervous system is usually blocked by subluxations, which are removed after a chiropractic treatment. 

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managing the side effects of

toxic release

The side effects of toxic release are temporary and naturally go away on their own as long as you are upholding a certain level of care. It is important to get enough sleep after an adjustment and stay properly hydrated. These two activities are key in helping your body flush out the toxins. We also recommend exercising regularly, which can include light walking and yoga. Lastly, we want to emphasize the importance of eating healthy. Your diet is the foundation of a healthy lifestyle, so it is important to make regular healthy choices.

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Chiropractic is a great way to ensure that you stay feeling your best. We can help adjust your spine and joints to improve mobility, decrease the amount of pain you experience while performing daily activities, and help your body cleanse itself of toxins through toxic release. Our chiropractors are highly skilled and trained in all areas of chiropractic adjustment. Get in touch with us today.

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If you are looking for a family chiropractic center in Rogers, look no further than Ripple Health Clinic. We are made of a highly trained and experienced staff that can assist with chiropractic care, massage therapy, physical therapy, and more. Get in touch today!