Your body’s immune system is a defense mechanism that is designed to repel bacterial and viral infections and anything else that may cause you harm. Fortunately, our immune system wins most of the time, sometimes without us even knowing it, but there are times it struggles a bit. Allopathic interventions, especially antibiotics that were originally meant to save lives in instances of a crisis, are now the first step in trying to help; many times intervening before the body even has a chance to do its work first. This has resulted in rapidly evolving microbes that become resistant to antibiotics altogether. This dilemma is accelerated by the daily use of antibacterial soaps and other external treatments used to kill germs. But you have to remember, it’s not germs that make people sick, it’s the body’s inability to fight that germ. This is why two people can be in the same germ infested room, identically touch and be around the same things, and only one of them gets sick. The difference is one person’s body had to tools to defend itself while the others did not. So the approach shouldn’t be to develop stronger medications, it should be to strengthen the body’s immune system to fight off infections. This can be done several ways, including eating healthy, exercising, getting enough sleep, drinking enough water etc. But also through chiropractic adjustments that keep your nervous system functioning properly, the same one that controls your immune system.
Removing subluxations through chiropractic adjustments allows the body’s nervous system to correctly maintain the immune system function.
The nervous system has a very important connection and governing role on the immune system due to the nerve supply to the important immune system organs. Vertebral subluxations, misalignments and fixations of the vertebrae, can create pressure and irritation on the nerves. This has been associated with exaggerated sympathetic activity, which releases immune regulatory cells into the blood circulation and alters immune function. Removing subluxations through chiropractic adjustments allows the body’s nervous system to correctly maintain the immune system function.
Research has shown that chiropractic adjustments can help boost the immune system by relieving stress on the nervous system caused by subluxations.
In a study done in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics it stated that after a chiropractic adjustment the body’s white blood cell count increases 48% within the following 24 to 48 hours. White blood cells are a part of the body’s immune system that helps fight against bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens that can cause disease in our bodies.
Another example is the chief of cancer prevention at New York’s Preventative Medicine Institute who found that people who received regular chiropractic care over a five-year period had a 200% greater immune competence than those who had not received chiropractic care. The chiropractic group showed a 400% greater immune competence than people with cancer and other serious diseases.
Chiropractic care for maintaining a strong immune system should be routine for everyone. Typically, we see patients on a maintenance schedule able to hold their chiropractic adjustments from 1-4 weeks, depending on not only physical stress but mental stress levels as well. However, there are times of immune system suppression when we may need to see patients more often to ensure their nervous system is free of interference. And remember, chiropractic isn’t just for adults. In fact it may be even more important for children. We see a massive positive effect on the health of children when they begin chiropractic care. So give yours and your family’s immune system a boost this year with chiropractic adjustments and let it benefit you like it has so many other people.