Can Chiropractic help with Colds and Flus?

Well, lets take a look at how the body works.  Your body’s immune system has a defense mechanism that is designed to fight bacterial and viral infections and anything else that may make you sick. Our immune system is very strong but there are times it struggles when overwhelmed with stressors.

Medical interventions, especially antibiotics that were originally meant to save lives, are now often over prescribed and intervenes before the body has a chance to kick in its defense.  Because of this, microbes have now in some cases become resistant to antibiotics.   Remember, we are constantly receiving germs and it really is the body’s inability to fight germs that causes sickness.  This is why two people can be in the same germ infested room, identically touch and be around the same things, and only one of them gets sick. The difference is one person’s body has a strong immune system and the other does not.  So the approach shouldn’t be to develop stronger medications or vaccinations, it should be to strengthen the body’s immune system to fight off infections and diseases.  This can be done several ways, including eating healthy, exercising, getting enough sleep, drinking enough water etc. But also through chiropractic adjustments that keep your nervous system functioning properly, and ironically, the same one that controls your immune system.

Research has shown that chiropractic adjustments can help boost the immune system by relieving stress on the nervous system which controls all systems of your body.

In a study done in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics it stated that after a chiropractic adjustment the body’s white blood cell count increases 48% within the following 24 to 48 hours. White blood cells are a part of the body’s immune system that helps fight against bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens that can cause disease in our bodies.

Another example is the chief of cancer prevention at New York’s Preventative Medicine Institute who found that people who received regular chiropractic care over a five-year period had a 200% greater immune competence than those who had not received chiropractic care. The chiropractic group showed a 400% greater immune competence than people with cancer and other serious diseases.

Chiropractic care for maintaining a strong immune system should be routine for everyone. Typically, we urge patients to get out of pain and then get on a maintenance program.  Most do not and struggle with frequent relapses and illnesses.  Remember, adjustments take stress out of the body and help your body regulate at an optimal level.  Who wouldn’t want that?

If you would like to live a healthier life, give us a call at our Redwood City Chiropractic Office, we can help!