Chiropractic adjustments do not hurt. Adjustments to certain joints in the spine or extremities may feel slightly uncomfortable or pressure, but once the adjustment is performed you should not feel pain. In general, patients enjoy being adjusted and like the way that the adjustment feels. The adjustment also helps relax the patient because of the natural endorphins that are released in response to spinal manipulations.
If it is your first time ever being adjusted, you may experience slight soreness or discomfort for 12-24 hrs. following the first adjustment. This is relieved by ice and stretching and will subside if it happens at all. Most Doctors of Chiropractic will inform their patients that in response to their first adjustment it is very common to feel sore or "like you worked out" type of discomfort following the adjustment. The adjustment helps restore the alignment of the spine and puts motion back into the joint that is hypo-mobile (not moving in its full range of motion) this stretches tissues (muscle, tendons, ligaments) that have been fixed or tight before the adjustment and in general when you feel that soreness this is typically why. You are breaking up adhesions that have restricted the joint and stretching the tissues that are causing some of the pain/symptoms the patient having previously.