Chiropractic and the Immune System

Flu season is back. Are you ready? While flu shots are one way to prevent the flu, chiropractic treatment offers a natural alternative to risky immunizations.
Medical researchers have found a link between the body’s central nervous system and the immune system. For doctors of chiropractic, this is not new news. Chiropractic researchers discovered this link back in 1918 when the Spanish Flu was sweeping across the country, bringing with it wide spread death. It was found that the rate of chiropractic patients that got the flu was less than half that of non-chiropractic patients. (Rhodes WR: “The Official History of Chiropractic in Texas.” Texas Chiropractic Association. Austin, TX. 1978.)

The findings indicate that chiropractic treatment, also known as sympathetic activity, releases immune regulatory cells into the blood system, which increases the body’s defense to the flu and other illnesses. The sympathetic nervous system plays a large role in regulating the immune function, and those who receive chiropractic care are better equipped to fight off illness and disease as a result.

You may not be sick, but the misalignment of your spine may be setting the stage for a compromised immune system. This is due to a lack of immune regulatory cells being released into the blood stream. Regular chiropractic visits can assist you with maintaining a healthy immune system. Chiropractic adjustments restore the balance of your nervous system, which is responsible for all the functions in the body.

Chiropractic treatment also treats asthma, ear infections, and depression. It is also proven to reduce the symptoms of many major illnesses. Chiropractic treatment lessens the effects of so many conditions that it is hailed as a complete wellness solution.

If you are considering making substantial changes in your lifestyle in an effort to restore your immune system, then adding chiropractic treatment is critical to your success. Along with a good diet, exercise, and getting plenty of rest, chiropractic treatment will be instrumental in creating a healthier you. As a matter of fact, chiropractors are the experts in diet and exercise. If you are not sure where to begin, your chiropractor can design a total wellness program designed to increase the effectiveness of your immune system and general health overall.

Before you get that flu shot, consider a trip to the chiropractor. What you will get in return will be a well balanced central nervous system and a pass on the flu this season.


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