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Why does my head hurt after chiropractic?

I am a 29 year old female. My head hurts after a chiropractic adjustment. Why does my head hurt after chiropractic?

9 Answers

That's a loaded question that should be directed to the chiropractor who evaluated you and is currently treating you because he understands your case. If you feel unsure, then you should get a second opinion in the form of a new evaluation.
Have the doctor simply change the technique they are using and it should help. Suggest he or she utilize drops for your neck adjustments.


Dr. Brandon Buttry
That has happened to me before, but not often. It is usually a muscle response at the base of the skull. In my opinion, it should not happen every time. Have you mentioned it to your chiropractor? If not, I would advise it because there could be another underlying problem needing attention. Do you have dizziness, lightheadedness or blurred vision afterwards? If so, further diagnostic testing is warranted.

Yours in health,

Doc J

It's very difficult to speculate about why you have pain after every adjustment. It's not fair of me to judge having no idea any details of your case. I would make sure the chiropractor knows it hurts after each adjustment and maybe try a different chiropractor and see if it still happens.

Dr. Jonathan Donath, DC, MS
It shouldn't.
Have you talked to your Doctor of Chiropractic about this reaction you are having? That is first thing to do and it is pertinent that underlying causes be ruled out. However, it may be something simple. I encourage my patients to talk to me so that I can get the best results. I can then modify my procedure as needed.
Some chiropractors adjust differently than others. Find one that works for you.
It can be normal for your body to take a couple of days to settle in after an adjustment. If the discomfort lasts more than 2 days contact your Chiropractor and let them know what you are experiencing.
Honestly, I can't tell you why your head hurts after an adjustment. I'm not sure of your health history and what could be causing you to have a headache. Fortunately, I haven't had a patient experience a headache after and adjustment.
Be sure to drink plenty of water after your adjustment. You should be leaving out of the office with a bottle or cup of water to ensure you have water to drink.