Written by Erica Layton
You might think that people see Chiropractors for low back pain, sciatica, neck pain, headaches, and other musculoskeletal problems and you would be right, but you are missing out. We are currently in the throws of cold and flu season so you are probably washing your hands a lot, drinking extra water, taking high doses of vitamin C, and drinking herbal teas to boost your immune system, but why not do EVERYTHING you can to boost your immunity? Chiropractic? Yes. There is ample research showing that Chiropractic adjustments boost immunity! Studies have shown that Chiropractic adjustments increase the body’s production of white blood cells, decrease production of inflammatory chemicals such as cytokines, and decrease the body’s level of the stress hormone Cortisol, which when in high levels can decrease overall immune function. Chiropractic adjustments remove and treat vertebral subluxations. Subluxations are dysfunctional joints of the spine that can cause nerve, muscle and chemical problems in our bodies. Subluxations can affect the nervous system because of the intimate relationship of the spinal bones and the nerve roots that come off the spinal cord to carry all messages to and from the brain and spinal cord to and from the rest of the body. These subluxations cause disruptions in communication pathways throughout the body which can lead to pain and many other symptoms. Subluxations in the spine can cause decreased immune function and predispose our bodies to infection because our immune system is ultimately controlled by the nervous system. Removing these subluxations with Chiropractic adjustments can help restore healthy immune function. So not only do adjustments increase certain chemical immune factors in our body, but also restore proper communication through the nervous system so that all of our body’s systems work at optimal levels which can help chiropractic patients achieve optimal health and wellness.
References: Allen JM. The Effects of Chiropractic on the Immune System: A review of the Literature. Chiropractic Journal of Australia. 1993; 23(4): 132-135.
Teodorczyk-Injeyan JA, McGregor M, Ruegg R, Injeyan HS. Interleukin 2-regulated in invitro antibody production following a single spinal manipulative treatment in normal subjects. Chiropractic and Osteopathy. 2010; 18:26.