While many people go to the chiropractor to alleviate symptoms such as back pain, neck pain, or headaches, many continue to go once the symptoms are gone because of all of the benefits. One of these added benefits to the chiropractic adjustment is an increase in the immune system function.
Our patients report they get sick less often, and their kids under chiropractic care get sick less often!
So how does chiropractic strengthen the immune system?
Regardless of age, going to the chiropractor allows the body to adapt and handle your environment better. This is because when the structure of your spine is in alignment there is less pressure on the nerves and normal nerve flow is restored.
This nerve flow acts as the electricity running the body. The chiropractic adjustment reduces stress on the nerve flow, so the organs and cells function at a higher level. Thus the body can more readily adapt to the changing environment.
If there are spinal misalignments, this can create neural dysfunctions that lead to a poorly coordinated immune response. Chiropractic adjustments have been shown to boost the immune system’s response.
One study on the subject was done by Ronald Pero, chief of cancer prevention research at New York’s Preventative Medical Institute and Professor of Medicine in Environmental Health at New York University. He studied 107 long-term chiropractic patients that were “genetically normal,” meaning they had no obvious genetic reasons for increased resistance or susceptibility to disease. The results found these individuals to have a 200% greater immune competence than those who had not received chiropractic care, and 400% greater immune competence than those with cancer or other serious diseases. This study took into consideration a large range of ages, and it found no decline with age; it was uniform for the entire group.
Pero noted that “chiropractic may optimize whatever genetic abilities you have…..I’m very excited to see that without chemical intervention…this particular group of patients under chiropractic care did show a very improved response.”
Other Natural Remedies to Boost Immune System
Of course living a healthy lifestyle that includes sound nutrition, exercise, nerve flow, and mentality is key to avoiding illness. If you do feel “something coming on,” here are suggestions to help you fight it off fast!
- Get adjusted as soon as possible
- Drink warm water with lemon
- Increase antioxidants – green tea!
- Get extra rest and clean water
- Avoid sugar, which depresses the immune system
- Zinc is a good immune booster
- Garlic is known for its action against viral and bacterial infections
- A couple of drops of Thieves essential oil on the feet fight viruses and bacteria
If you would like to have fewer sick days and feel better without the use of shots or medications, we encourage you to contact Relief Plus Chiropractic in Minnetonka to learn more and take advantage of a FREE CONSULTATION. We look forward to meeting you and taking your health to the next level!