What does chiropractic care have to do with your immune system? More than you would think! When you think about your nervous system, it is important to recognize that it is one of the busiest systems in your body. It regulates your brain, spinal cord and nerve activities while ensuring that chemical reactions between endocrine and immune tissues work correctly for optimal health. Spinal misalignments can inhibit this vast communications system your body relies on so heavily.
You may not have symptoms of being ill, but misalignments of your spine may be causing interference between your nervous system and your immune system. As a matter of fact, researchers in New York found that people committed to chiropractic care for more than five years demonstrated 200% greater immune function that those that didn’t.
Take the time to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced chiropractic health providers and doctors at Spine Correction Center of the Rockies to ensure your immune system is operating at full capacity.
The Effect of Chiropractic Care On Your Immune System
Chiropractic physicians work on your body from the inside out. Allow your body to achieve better balance and an improved immune response by aligning and fine-tuning your spine. Your immune system uses nerves to relay messages to your brain. When nerves are inhibited, your immune system suffers.
Do you find that you get sick often and can’t find a reason why? A consultation with one of our chiropractic physicians is the first step to feeling great over the long term. Properly aligning your spine has positive ramifications for your overall wellness. Chiropractic care combats a variety of immune-system related issues including:
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Thyroid issues
The Nervous System and Immune System
The New York Times on May 13, 1993, reported in an article entitled: Nerve Cells Tied to Immune System, the first discovery of an anatomical connection between the nerve system and the immune system. For the chiropractic patient, this discovery further supports the need to pay attention to how the nervous system is operating to enable proper immune system defense and overall wellness.
Balancing Overactive Immune Systems
Some illnesses and reactions are caused by an overactive immune system (such as allergies). Your brain, spinal cord, and the nerves that travel through your body control and regulate your immune system. Unhealthy lifestyle habits, stress, poor posture, and irritated nerves can cause an exaggerated immune system response. Chiropractic care isolates and treats your triggers for a healthy, balanced immune system.
The Endocrine System and Your Immune System
Your endocrine also contributes to immunology. It employs epinephrine (also known as adrenaline), norepinephrine, and cortisol. These molecules are produced in the adrenal glands–endocrine glands which have direct connections with the nervous system–by way of a division called the sympathetic nervous system. Cortisol is a stress hormone that limits the effectiveness of your immune system–yes, stress really can make you sick! If your sympathetic nervous system is too “turned on” due to stress and subluxation, it can boost the adrenal glands’ synthesis of cortisol, negatively affecting your immune system.
Spinal Adjustments, Lifestyle Changes and Your Immune System
Careful spinal adjustments and appropriate lifestyle modifications can reduce joint inflammation and nerve irritations in your body that are sabotaging your immune system’s potential for defense. Misaligned joints and muscles places extra strain on your joints increasing inflammation. Chiropractic care returns your spinal bones to proper alignment to normalize your neurological response. This realignment process allows your immune system to operate at full capacity.
Call for an Immune System Health Consultation
Boost your body’s defense system by scheduling a spinal adjustment and making appropriate lifestyle changes to live a happier, healthier life. Improve your quality of life by taking steps against chronic illness and pain. We can help you find the energy you need to achieve your daily goals. To make an appointment, or to learn more about our state of the art facility and team, contact us at (970) 658-5115. Our patient concierge will help you schedule your initial appointment or consultation.