Let’s face it; not many people think about consulting a chiropractor when they think about boosting their immunity. When you mention a chiropractor, most people think of relieving neck, and back pain, or getting an adjustment. However, chiropractors offer much more benefit than easing your sore muscles.
Chiropractic therapy is essential when it comes to preventing medicine. Recent medical studies point towards offering a robust immune system with chiropractic care, helping individuals fight flu and the common cold. Today, more than ever, strengthening our immune system is so important.
What’s the Immune System?
When it comes to staying healthy, the human immune system plays a vital role, helping the body function to its full potential. Your body’s immune system works to fight and protect against infectious organisms preventing them from entering our bodies. For most of the part when we are well, we don’t even notice the immune system; it is only when it stops functioning well that we begin to get ill.
Your body’s immune system is made up of tissues, proteins, cells (white blood cells), and organs, which work together to keep you healthy.
Issues with the Immune System
While the immune system protects your body, sometimes, this system may experience problems and fail to work correctly. There are very few instances when the immune system may fail to work as expected, and these may include:
- Immunodeficiency disorder
- Autoimmune disorder: this is a rare kind of disorder where your immune system finds itself as a threat and begins attacking itself.
- Allergic disorder: this is a disorder where the immune system overreacts in response to a particular allergen.
How Can Chiropractic Care Boost your Immune System?
A natural and easy way to build a robust immune system is to follow a healthy diet with a mix of vegetables and fruits. But did you know chiropractic care can help boost your immunity? Well, chiropractic therapy is known to improve the function of the nervous system by enhancing the movement of the spinal bones that protect the spinal cord.
Through chiropractic care, patients can receive overall health benefits such as spinal adjustments that work to relieve pain and discomfort for individuals suffering from back and neck pain. According to recent scientific studies, these adjustments could also work to aid our immune system.
Chiropractic adjustments can help in the reduction of interference to the body’s nervous system’s ability to function optimally. Since your nervous system is what controls all the functions of the body, chiropractic therapy can have a positive effect on an individual’s immunity.
A study conducted by New York’s Preventive Medicine Institute, the immune systems of individuals under chiropractic care were measured and compared to those in the general public as well as those with cancer and other chronic diseases. They discovered that chiropractic patients had 200% greater immune competence compared to those who had not received chiropractic care.
Another study discovered when chiropractic manipulation was done on the thoracic region; there was a significant increment of white blood cells taken 15 minutes after the manipulation than before the exercise. The result was a respiratory burst, which is ideal for the immune system fighting against viruses and bacteria.
While we might do little to prevent weather changes that make us vulnerable to infections; we can do a lot about our immune system and how well we can cope with changes. While many people will associate chiropractic care with back or neck pain, there are many other benefits. It is important to note that our immune system is directly connected to the spine; meaning, when it is not correctly aligned, it could throw off the entire system.