After your adjustment is when the healing begins. Most patients without disc problems do not experience pain or soreness after an adjustment. These patients experience an immediate increased range of motion (more limber) and generally feel lighter and relaxed.
If you have a disc bulge (protrusion) the space around the nerve will likely become inflamed. Inflammation in response to an adjustment may trigger some temporary pain or discomfort which will disappear once the inflammation reduces on its own. Everybody has a different inflammatory response so we recommend icing for 24 hours after to minimize any potential pain.