Building Stronger Immune Function: The Chiropractic Connection
We often get calls from patients saying "I am calling because I am sick and I don't want to pass the germs around, or get anyone else sick in the office. Should I still come for an adjustment? "We respond "Absolutely! In fact, you should come in to feel better, sooner." And here's why.
Chiropractic & Your Immune System...Powered by Your Nervous System
Chiropractors adjust the spine to remove nerve interference. This nerve interference is called a SUBLUXATION and is usually one of the Three Ts (1): TRAUMA (physical), THOUGHTS (emotional situations, stress), or TOXINS (food chemicals, environmental toxins). Chiropractic focuses on removing that interference to your nervous system, therefore, allowing the central nervous system to function at its optimal capacity.
Chiropractic adjustments have been proven to affect our Nervous System. Our Nervous System (the brain, spinal cord and nerves) controls every other system by sending and receiving messages from our brain to the body tissues via the nerves. So when this system isn't functioning properly, patients can experience any type of symptoms.
The Nervous System & Your Immune System
The nervous system and the immune system are intrinsically linked. If our nervous system has a blocked signal, the message from our brain wont get to the proper area. Therefore, when the nervous system detects tissue damage or infection for example, it calls on our Immune system to get to work repairing and restoring the body. However, a faulty and sluggish nervous system wont get the messages sent to alert the immune system, therefore, our body contracts an acute illness. If those messages are blocked long enough , it could even lead to chronic or long-term illness.
Does Chiropractic Really Help Boost Immunity?
Research continually shows the link between chiropractic adjustments and a healthy, strong immune system. Some of those studies have found:
Those who received regular chiropractic adjustments for 5 years had 200% increased immunity over those who did not.
The enzyme levels that increase the body's ability to develop resistance to hazardous environmental exposures, has been shown to double in patients receiving regular chiropractic adjustments.
Those patients with HIV positive labs receiving chiropractic adjustments showed a 48% boost in the presence of CD4 cells (cells that are attacked in a person with HIV).
Doesn't it make sense we need to prepare our body for cold and flu season by boosting our immune system function? Your immune system will thank you!