Does Chiropractic Enhance Immune Function?
The immune system performs a very complex part of your overall health. We all know the immune system is what protects us from the “terrible germs” of the cold and flu. It protects us from disease and even protects us from infection when we get a scrape on our knee.
Lymphoid tissue which is found in the spleen, lymph nodes and thymus are your immune system “warehouses” if you will. It is where the production and storage of immune cells that help your body fight off any intruders that may be harmful. All of this tissue is innervated by the Sympathetic Nervous system. Your Sympathetic system is the system used under stressful conditions, when the body needs to respond quickly for protection or preservation. A study done at New York’s Preventative Medicine Institute to observe immune function of patients under Chiropractic care, these results were found.
Chiropractic patients were found to have 200% greater immune competence than those not under care. Another study in 1991 was done and found that the cells that destroy or “eat” bad cells are enhanced through chiropractic care.
Chiropractic greatly enhances nervous system function. Your immune system is operated by not only the autonomic nervous system but the Sympathetic division of the autonomic nervous system. Getting adjusted keeps these systems in great shape and immune system on high alert, this well especially come in handy during upcoming flu season.
Don’t forget when you have found yourself coming down with a cold or flu this season to be sure and get your adjustment! Boosting your immune system while infected is the best thing for your health. Stay well adjusted and keep your regular appointments, you will be amazed at how much better you feel.