How about a little natural immune boost.
Since its inception, chiropractic has maintained that viruses and microbes don’t threaten us all equally and that a healthy immune system easily repels most invaders. The immune system protects us from the flu, as well as any other infectious disease, and strives to get us well again when we do fall ill. Our immune system, like every other system in the body, is coordinated and controlled by the nervous system. For proper function the immune system must receive the correct signals from the brain through the nervous system.
Spinal misalignments called vertebral subluxation put pressure on the nervous system which can compromise communication between the brain and the body. Chiropractors remove this interference allowing messages to clearly travel from the brain to the rest of the body thereby improving the function of all the body systems. If the nervous system is not functioning properly, then the immune system cannot function at 100%, thus the body becomes vulnerable to bacteria, viruses and illness.
Chiropractic care was first linked to improved immunity during the deadly flu epidemic of 1917 and 1918. They were surprised to find that Chiropractic patients fared better than the general population. This observation prompted a study of the field which found that flu victims under chiropractic care had an estimated .25 percent death rate significantly less than the rate of 5 percent for those flu victims not receiving chiropractic care.
In the years since, studies are finding that chiropractic care is a way to improve immunity. One study, from National College of Chiropractic in Lombard, Illinois, found that disease-fighting white blood cell counts were higher just 15 minutes after a chiropractic adjustment to the spine. A similar study investigated the immune system response in HIV-positive patients under chiropractic care. After six months of treating vertebral subluxation, the group receiving the chiropractic treatment showed a 48 percent increase in white blood cell counts compared to a 7.96 percent decrease in immunity cells for patients not receiving chiropractic treatment. It has also been observed that children who have regular Chiropractic adjustments have fewer colds, ear infections and flu. “People who receive regular chiropractic adjustments have immune system competency that is 200% greater than those who don’t.” (Dr. Ron Pero. New York Preventative Medicine Institute and Environmental Health at NYU)
Even though you are not sick and have no back pain, your body may be acquiring vertebral subluxations that are interfering with your nervous system and thus your immune system. Regular chiropractic check-ups can help you to maintain a healthy immune system and ward off illnesses. A chiropractic adjustment will restore the integrity of your nervous system and improve the flow of energy and information throughout the body.