Our immune system plays a vitally important role in our overall health and wellbeing. Our immune system is a complex network of white blood cells, proteins, tissues, and organs that work together to defend our bodies against infectious and harmful microorganisms. These microorganisms can be found all around us, both on surfaces that we may come into contact with, as well as in the air that we breathe. When we come across harmful microorganisms, our immune system springs to life, releasing antibodies that will fight the disease, destroying it before it has a chance to make us sick.
Unfortunately, if our immune system isn’t working as effectively as it could, it may not be strong enough to fight off all of the diseases that it comes into contact with. This means that we could end up experiencing partial or even the full effects of the illness. Unsurprisingly, keeping our immune system working optimally is of the utmost importance. What you may not realize is that chiropractic care can be instrumental in ensuring that your immune system remains firing on all cylinders.
Many people associate chiropractic treatment purely with the musculoskeletal system, and in particular, the back and spine. Chiropractic care actually focuses on whole-body health and wellness, and how this can be achieved through making adjustments to the musculoskeletal system. One of the areas that can be improved by making sure that the spine and other elements of this system are perfectly aligned is our immune function. The reason for this is that the immune system is naturally linked to the central nervous system, and one of the key elements of the nervous system – the spinal cord – is housed within the spine. When there are problems that affect the spine, it can cause misalignments that are called subluxations. These are areas of tension that can place stress onto the immune system, preventing it from working as well as it could.
Fortunately, through chiropractic care it is possible to address these subluxations, removing them so that the pressure on the spine, the nervous system, and as a result, the immune system is eliminated. This, in turn, enables the body to function more effectively across all areas of wellness.
Precisely what chiropractic techniques will be used will depend on the location and extent of your subluxations, but could include spinal adjustments, spinal decompression, therapeutic massage, and physical therapy exercises. You may also be given exercises to do at home that will support your in-office care. Every patient is unique, and your chiropractor will create a treatment plan that is tailored specifically to your individual requirements. The number of sessions that you will need will also vary and may be subject to change depending on how well your body responds to the sessions.
If you are interested in learning more about how chiropractic treatment can help the immune system, or to schedule your own consultation with our experienced and knowledgeable chiropractic team, please call us today.