Chiropractic Adjustments BOOST Your Immune System

Research shows chiropractic adjustments BOOST your immune function!

What we know is that immediately after a chiropractic adjustment there is a HUGE increase in immune boosting chemical messengers.

These chemical messengers known as “cytokines” are little immune system post men who deliver the messages telling your body to ramp up your immune systems response to germs, bacteria, viruses and foreign invaders.

“Doc, I’m sick, I can’t come in.” We appreciate the concern, and want you to know that chiropractic adjustments are a safe and effective way to help your body adapt to the stresses of daily life, and boost your immune system. Unless people truly can’t get out of bed we always encourage our patients to get checked, and adjusted if necessary.

In fact it is largely understood that chiropractic became a licensed profession due to the increased immune response seen in people in chiropractic care during the 1918 Flu Pandemic which killed between 20-50 million people world wide.

Here is why we know chiropractic is a safe, natural and effective strategy to boosting your immune function…

Every day we are surrounded by billions of bacteria, viruses and “germs”, so why aren’t we always sick?

We get sick when our body is exposed to higher levels of stress, this stress (either lack of sleep, decreased movement, emotional stress, increased sugar, decreased sunlight, etc.) slows down our immune function, and ramps up our sympathetic nervous system; making us less able to adapt to the already abundant levels of bacteria, viruses, germs.

The same sympathetic nervous system STRESS response occurs when we have misalignments and fixation in our spine, this lack of mobility in the spine is known to create a disturbance in your nervous system (Haavik), this constant irritation to the nervous system slows down our immune response.

This is where chiropractic adjustments come in, by restoring proper motion, creating ease within the body, and balancing the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system, our body is better able to adapt to our environment, making us less prone to getting sick.

We hope this has been an insightful explanation of how chiropractic is a known safe, and effective way to improve your immune function whenever you are feeling an increased amount of stress or starting to feel ill.

We hope you will forward this along to a friend who is constantly calling out sick or saying “I’m too stressed”.

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1. Teodorczyk-Injeyan, Julita A. et al. Spinal Manipulative Therapy Reduces Inflammatory Cytokines but Not Substance P Production in Normal Subjects Journal of Manipulative & Physiological Therapeutics , Volume 29 , Issue 1 , 14 – 21

2. Teodorczyk-Injeyan JA, Injeyan HS, McGregor M, Harris GM, Ruegg R. Enhancement of in vitro interleukin-2 production in normal subjects following a single spinal manipulative treatment. Chiropractic & Osteopathy. 2008;16:5. doi:10.1186/1746-1340-16-5.

3. Brennan PC1, Triano JJ, McGregor M, Kokjohn K, Hondras MA, Brennan DC. Enhanced neutrophil respiratory burst as a biological marker for manipulation forces: duration of the effect and association with substance P and tumor necrosis factor.J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 1992 Feb;15(2):83-9.