Chiropractic care is known to treat mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, especially misalignment in the spine. A less known benefit of chiropractic care is its ability to boost the body’s immune system.
The Nervous System and Immune System
The nervous system—your body’s central communication and regulatory system—transmits information to the rest of the body through the spinal cord and can directly influence receptors in the immune system. The brain uses nerve cells to communicate directly with the immune system to trigger an immune response, and the immune system sends signals to the brain to let it know of any foreign, unwanted antigens. The two systems work quite closely together, meaning your immune system may suffer from a nerve pathway compression or misalignment.
Chiropractic and the Immune System
The goal of chiropractic care is to encourage spinal health and restore joint function with musculoskeletal realignment. This naturally removes any interference in the nervous system that may hinder day to day functions. Chiropractic care also focuses on inflammation reduction which reduces stress on the nervous system and promotes communication throughout the rest of the body.
Chiropractors will use a variety of spinal manipulation techniques to help relieve compression and reduce any inflammation, and in turn, boost the immune system. Adjustments on a specific inflamed area of the body reduces stress on the nervous system, allowing it to better communicate with the rest of the body. The better your nervous system can function and communicate, the better the rest of your body can function and communicate.
Some studies show increased levels of antibodies and other essential cells in the immune system following a chiropractic adjustment. In some cases, patients reported accelerated cold, sore throat, and congestion recoveries after an adjustment.
Chiropractic Care in Centennial, CO
If you are interested in learning more about chiropractic care and the immune system, or you are interested in trying chiropractic care, Arapahoe Chiropractic & Acupuncture in Centennial would be happy to help. We provide a variety of immune system boosting services, including chiropractic, acupuncture, and herbal supplements.
BY: Dr. Friedman
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