Immune System Support with Chiropractic Care
Updated: Sep 23, 2021
Our body’s natural defense system is made up of many different organs, tissues, and cells, all working together to form what is called the immune system. There are two parts to our immune system: the one we are born with is called the innate immune system, and the one that we develop as we are exposed to different invaders is called the acquired immune system. These work together to protect us from all sorts of foreign invaders, such as viruses, parasites, fungi, and bacteria. This complex system helps prevent infection, illness, and disease. When our immune system is strong, we have a greater ability to fight off sickness and stay healthy. During the usual cold and flu season and with COVID-19 being so prevalent, our immune system needs to be stronger than ever!
Our goal here at Hand and Heart Chiropractic is to assist you in achieving your goal of improving your immune system health. We want it functioning at the highest level possible so you stay healthy and well all year round!
How Chiropractic Care Benefits the Immune System
Our brain and spinal cord work together to form the central nervous system, which is responsible for every function and system in the body. When our central nervous system is working properly, our immune system is stronger and more able to fight off viruses, such as the flu, the common cold, COVID-19, and other potentially serious illnesses.
Spinal misalignments can cause interference between the various bodily systems, leading to a decrease in overall function, including immune health. By gently adjusting the spine, Dr. Dionne Anderson removes spinal misalignments to improve proper communication within all of the body’s systems. This supports proper immune system function, allowing us to fight off illnesses more effectively and heal faster when we do become sick.
Chiropractic Care and the 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic
In order to understand how chiropractic care has helped others, we need a little history lesson. In 1918, a rapidly spreading flu virus was devastating the world, much like what we are experiencing today with the Coronavirus pandemic. Around 675,000 Americans died due to this outbreak, and many more died across the globe. However, a small percentage of people weren't getting sick or dying at the same rate. Upon further research, it was discovered that those who sought chiropractic and osteopathic care had a death rate of 0.25%, compared to the general population which had a death rate of between 5 and 6%. This was attributed to the increase in white blood cells after receiving chiropractic care, which led to increased immune system health, as well as the unique approach that chiropractors and osteopaths took during treatment of sick patients.
In 2020, more studies began to highlight the “beneficial effects of osteopathic medicine on inflammation and immune regulation,” particularly for the care of acute and convalescent COVID-19 patients. By adjusting the spine, the body is able to function more efficiently and healing can occur from the inside out. These studies show the great advantages of the hands-on approach of chiropractic when it comes to treating and preventing sickness.
In order to build a healthy immune system, we have to do our part as well. This includes nourishing our bodies with healthy foods, exercising regularly, getting adequate rest, and trying to keep our stress levels to a minimum. These lifestyle changes will impact our health significantly, and seeing Dr. Dionne Anderson at Hand & Heart Chiropractic will also assist you with your goal to better your immune system function! We're ready and willing to team up with you in your efforts to stay healthy!
If you're in the Snellville area, contact us today to set up an appointment! Dr. Dionne Anderson is located in Snellville, GA and is available to serve those living nearby in Loganville, Lilburn, Lawrenceville, Grayson, Centerville, Conyers, and Stone Mountain as well!
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