Most people think of their immune system when they are fighting off a cold caused by a virus or experiencing an allergic reaction. In reality, your immune system plays a critical role in keeping you alive. Our immune systems are constantly hard at work defending our bodies from threats from microbes from the outside, as well as, our own cells on the inside that can become harmful when damaged. You start developing natural immunity while you are still in your mother’s womb and keep developing it throughout life. Chiropractic is one of the best tools for maximizing your immune system. Many research studies have determined that children with regular chiropractic treatment have fewer doctor’s visits and rarely have to take antibiotics.
In clinical trials monitored by the Rand Corporation and conducted at Life University, chiropractic showed great potential to boost immune function. Several other preliminary studies have also shown immune system boosting. In 1991 Patricia Brennan, PhD, conducted a study that demonstrated an increased immune function following a thoracic (mid back) adjustment. Dr. Pero stated in his research that “Chiropractic patients in the study had 200 percent greater immune competence than people who had not received chiropractic, and 400 percent greater immune competence than people with cancer or other serious disease.”
The article also notes that chiropractic can also help with secondary symptoms associated with HIV/AIDS. Secondary symptoms are usually the main reason HIV/AIDS patients seek chiropractic in the first place. According to the article, Craig Martin, DC, notes that eighty percent of HIV/AIDS patients report some degree of neuropathy, which includes symptoms such as numbness, tingling and/or burning, With chiropractic care these patients reported a significant decrease in symptoms. Patrece Frisbee, DC, of Stratogen Health of Miami Beach, a multidisciplinary clinic, reports 80% of her patients are HIV positive, “and they need extensive chiropractic care because of the wide array of side effects that accompany the powerful prescribed medications.”
The article closes with a powerful chiropractic endorsement, concluding, “Chiropractic is an alternative that will work with HIV/AIDS patients. It has broadened the view of chiropractic as a mind/body therapy. Its role in healthcare is increasing every day. If you aren’t under chiropractic, then you are not allowing your body to perform at 100 percent.”
In another research study, blood was taken from each of the participants 15 minutes before and 15 minutes after the adjustment. The results were compared to 15 other participants who received a placebo adjustment. The immune response from subjects who received the real adjustment was significantly higher than before treatment, and significantly higher than the response from the placebo subjects.
Cellular parts of the immune system include:
Lymphocytes: There are 3 major types of lymphocytes including B, Cytotoxic T, and helper T cells. These ells are what release antibodies to identify threats, attack threats, or alert other systems to the threat, respectively.
Natural Killer (NK) Cells: The NK cells are able to discover and attack viruses and certain tumor cells without the aid of antibody markers like the typical cytotoxic T cells. NK cells are essential for fighting infection as well as cancer.
TNF-Alpha Cells: These cells play an integral role in autoimmune disese. ANF-Alpha cells are primarily used for destroying cells of the body which have become harmful.
Organs of the immune system include:
Bear in mind that the cells created by these tissues circulate throughout the body, and interact differently from within each system.
The chiropractic effect on immune response
One review of literature surrounding chiropractic and its effect on the immune systen cited results showing that chiropractic adjustments may influence antibody levels, T and B lymphocyte numbers, NK Cell responses, and other levels related to immune function. By stimulating the nervous system, chiropractic adjustments can influence the production of all the cells needed to protect your body from outside invaders. In addition to that, the longer you receive regular chiropractic adjustments, the better your body is able to recover and repair DNA at the cellular level.
At Concise Chiropractic we are dedicated to delivering the most specific and scientific adjustment to allow your body to heal from the inside-out. Don’t let a dysfunctioning immune system affect you or a loved one. Contact Concise Chiropractic today to be assessed for vertebral subluxations so you can start living the life you deserve to live.