Every year, flu season wrecks havoc on our lives. Even if we wash our hands, use disinfecting wipes, cough or sneeze into our elbows, and stay home when we’re sick, it’s nearly impossible to stop the spread of flu and disease. We end up missing days of work, feeling lousy, giving family and friends the illness, and, potentially, spending time in the hospital.
Even flu shots are controversial. Since they only protect against one strain of the virus, you might end up getting a different form of the flu even after being proactive.
Facing this reality, the absolute best thing we can do is to strengthen our immune systems. With stronger immune systems, we are better able to fend off disease and recover more quickly if we do get sick.
Unlike strengthening your biceps, which involves lifting weights, there isn’t as clear of an exercise to perform to flex your immunity muscles.
Luckily, research for the last decade has evidenced the connection between seeing a chiropractor and bolstering your immune system.
Chiropractors and Immunity
In a foundational study published in the Chiropractic Journal of Australia, researchers illustrated the role that spinal manipulation (or, chiropractic adjustments) plays in the body’s immune response.
Because the central nervous system controls our immune functions, it must be healthy in order to promote health for the body. In other words, if your nervous system (your spinal cord and brain) aren’t functioning at a high capacity, then they are not able to regulate your immune system as effectively.
Specifically, chiropractic adjustments correlated to increased numbers of immune-related cells, such as T and B lymphocytes.
Another more recent study from the Chiropractic & Osteopathy found that individuals who had chiropractic adjustment had significantly higher levels of immunoglobulin M — a key component of a healthy immune system.
Spinal manipulation and chiropractic care have been long-linked to healthier nervous systems. In fact, as a result of these studies, the medical field is now starting to see chiropractic care as a foundation of health rather than just a trip to the specialist.
IN Chiropractic & Wellness Center
As the Top Rated Local® wellness center in Indiana, IN Chiropractic has treated hundreds of patients over the years. We have seen first-hand the connection between chiropractic adjustments and improved immune systems.
Dr. Todd McDougle has been a leader in the chiropractic field for the last two decades, and he has studied the connection between immune responses and spinal manipulation. Learn more about Dr. McDougle’s unparalleled approach to chiropractic care on our services overview page.
If you want to ensure that your immune system is as strong as it can be, contact IN Chiropractic & Wellness Center today for a chiropractor in Fishers.
In addition to promoting preventative and general health, seeing a chiropractor can also help with a number of other issues, including:
- Pelvic Dysfunction
- Fitness training
- Post-surgical recovery
- Back pain and Sciatica
- T-4 Syndrome
- Anxiety and depression
If you have any questions about seeing a chiropractor or want to schedule an appointment, contact our chiropractic office in Fishers today!