Do you feel run down and tired all the time? Do you find that you keep getting sick, but you aren’t really sure why? It could be that your immune system isn’t functioning as well as it could do, and you would benefit from chiropractic appointments to boost how effectively yours is working.
Many people are surprised to learn that there is a definitive link between chiropractic care and the immune system. However, research has shown that regular chiropractic appointments can significantly improve immune function and help you to stay healthier for longer.
Our immune system plays an essential role in defending our bodies against infectious organisms and is one of our strongest lines of defence. Made up of proteins, tissues, organs, and white blood cells, these elements all combine together to identify any harmful invaders and prevent them from making us sick. However, in order for our immune system to function effectively and keep us safe, it needs to be working optimally at all times.
Unfortunately, there are a variety of reasons why our immune system may not be as strong as it could be. Some of these are medical conditions in their own right and include autoimmune disorders, allergic disorders, and some types of cancer. Our lifestyles can also compromise the efficiency of our immune systems. For example, failing to eat a healthy, balanced diet, not getting enough exercise, or not getting enough sleep on a regular basis have all been proven to affect the quality of our immune system.
Many people think that chiropractic care is purely a treatment used to treat back pain and associated musculoskeletal problems. However, there are far greater benefits relating to whole-body health and wellbeing. One of these benefits is that it has been proven to boost immune function.
The nervous system (which extends through the spine), along with the endocrine system and immune system are inextricably linked. Since the nervous system controls all functions of the body, including the immune system, chiropractic care can have a very positive effect on the strength of our immune system. Any stress experienced in the nervous system – as if often seen in patients who have misalignments of the spine, known as vertebral subluxations – can directly place stress on the immune system that affects its ability to function optimally.
Chiropractic care works to restore the optimal function of all areas of the body by enhancing the performance of the nervous system. It does this through a series of techniques including manual manipulations (also called spinal manipulations), spinal decompression, massage, hot and cold therapies, physical therapy, and more. By realigning the spine correctly, the pressure placed onto the nervous system can be eliminated, thus enabling all other body systems, including immune function, to be restored to full strength.
If you have further questions about the immune function and how chiropractic care can help, or to schedule an appointment with our team, please contact our family chiropractic team today.