Can Chiropractic Care Help Boost My Immune System? How Does Chiropractic Affect The Immune System?
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases released a bulletin in 2007 which backs up what chiropractors have been teaching for 100 years – that your nerve system plays the foremost role in your immune system and ability to fight disease.
For many years, chiropractors have observed in their own practices that their patients sometimes demonstrate improvements of complaints related to immune problems: the disappearance or lessening of allergy symptoms, quicker recovery from or less frequent and severe colds and other respiratory infections, and so on.
How Does It Work?
The nervous system and immune system are hardwired and work together to create optimal responses for the body to adapt and heal appropriately. Neural dysfunctions due to spinal misalignments are stressful to the body and cause abnormal changes that lead to a poorly coordinated immune response. Chiropractic adjustments have been shown to boost the coordinated responses of the nervous system and immune system.
Chiropractic care was first linked to improved immunity during the deadly flu epidemic of 1917 and 1918. The funny thing was: Chiropractic patients fared better than the general population. This observation spurred a study of the field. The data reported that flu victims under chiropractic care had an estimated 0.25 percent death rate, a lot less than the normal rate of 5 percent among flu victims who did not receive chiropractic care.
Evidence is mounting that the immune system and the nervous system are linked in several ways. One well-known connection involves the adrenal glands. In response to stress messages from the brain, the adrenal glands release hormones into the blood. In addition to helping a person respond to emergencies by mobilizing the body’s energy reserves, these “stress hormones” can stifle the protective effects of antibodies and lymphocytes.
The Chiropractic Connection
The adrenal glands are controlled by the Central Nerve System. Vertebral subluxations at T11/T12 affect the function of your adrenal glands – and therefore all messengers produced by this vital organ! Anyone run down by adrenal stress should have their subluxations evaluated at T11/T12.
Wellness based chiropractors analyze the spine for subluxations and give corrective adjustments to reduce the stress on the nervous system. A 1992 research group found that when a thoracic adjustment was applied to a subluxated area the white blood cell (neutrophil) count collected rose significantly.
Studies are finding that chiropractic care is a way to improve immunity. One study, from the National College of Chiropractic in Lombard, Illinois, found that disease-fighting white blood cell counts were higher just 15 minutes after a chiropractic adjustment was applied to the back.
The Take Home Message
Chiropractic adjustments have a direct effect on the nervous system and as such have an immediate impact on the body’s immune system so the only question now is, are you and your family being regularly adjusted to maximize your health and vitality?
If you or someone you know could benefit from seeing a chiropractor, please do not hesitate to call (512) 452-2525 and schedule an appointment today.
To learn more about how your nervous system controls your immune system and how it all responds to Chiropractic please read the following Health Research Report – Central Nervous System Control of the Immune System.
Compiled and summarized by Dr. Gary Hamilton, HBSc.(Hon), BS, DC
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
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