If you visit a chiropractor regularly, you’ve probably had a spinal adjustment and left the office feeling much better. But there’s a lot more to the benefits of chiropractic care than routine treatment for otherwise healthy patients. In fact, spinal adjustments and other forms of common chiropractic care do a lot for your body’s immune system. That means, when the nerves around your spine and joints are not compressed, your body is able to ward off all sorts of problems like colds, influenza, infections, and some rather serious diseases.
In order to understand exactly how chiropractors are able to treat autoimmune disease, it’s essential to understand the basics, like what the autoimmune system is and what some of the more common autoimmune diseases are.
What the Autoimmune System Does
During the pleasant months of the year, millions of people feel miserable. That’s an ironic but true situation, and it is directly connected to the body’s autoimmune system. When people get sidelined by the flu, colds, allergies, and other spring and summertime illnesses, there’s usually something wrong with their body’s immune response.
Perhaps we haven’t been eating right and giving our bodies enough of the right kinds of nutrition to strengthen the immune system. Or maybe we have compressed nerves in our spines that cause both pain and a faulty immune system. It’s important to know that nerve compression can cause the body’s immune response to become faulty, weak, and otherwise ineffective. So, in addition to our diet and daily lifestyle, the health of our nervous system plays a huge role in keeping us free from disease and infection.
It’s hard to over-emphasize the importance of the spine when it comes to general health. When the spine and its surrounding nerves are suffering, we can encounter all kinds of illnesses, both minor and serious. Likewise, the immune system is our body’s 24-hour-per-day guard against hundreds of different allergens, bacteria, viruses, and other dangerous impurities. When the spine isn’t properly aligned, the immune system suffers. The result is illness, discomfort, and a wide range of medical maladies.
What Are Autoimmune Diseases?
The human body’s immune system is complex and powerful. It helps shield us from all sorts of common and serious diseases and infections. Unfortunately, there are all kinds of ways in which the immune system can become dysfunctional and stop working altogether. It’s a complicated medical situation but we can summarize it by saying that, broadly speaking, there are four main problems that can arise:
- Various forms of cancer that lead to a very weakened immune system
- A specific disease known as “immunodeficiency disorder”
- An entire family of problems called “autoimmune disorders” that actually turn the body’s immune system against itself
- Allergies, which are very common and involve an over-reaction by the human immune system in response to a substance that it comes in contact with, like pollen or ragweed
What happens when your immune system shuts down or begins to work in a weak and ineffective way? You seek treatment, of course. Doctors use a wide range of methods and medications to treat immune problems. For example, a traditional form of treatment involves numerous drugs that mask or lessen the symptoms of immune disorders. On the other hand, many chiropractors work to allow the body to heal itself. They use non-invasive techniques and non-drug methods to strengthen ailing immune systems and get them back into working order.
How Chiropractic Treatment Can Help
Chiropractic treatment is known to help people who suffer with various types of neck, back, spine, and extremity pain. What many do not know is that chiropractors are able to bring about many other kinds of health benefits for their patients. That’s because the human spine and nerves connected to it play a major, integral role in a large number of health issues besides common pain.
In fact, when you get a back or neck adjustment from your chiropractor, you’re not only helping to minimize pain in the area but are strengthening your immune system as well. The human body is constructed in such a way that nerves near the spine play a central role in how well the immune system works. When those nerves are impinged or stressed in unusual ways, our immune systems suffer. So, when you get a spinal adjustment, you’re allowing your immune system to get back on track and exist in its natural state. If your spine is out of alignment, there’s a good chance your immune system is not doing the job it should.
Of course, spinal adjustments have dozens of well-known benefits for both physical and mental health. Some of the benefits are quite specific while others are of a more general nature. They include the following:
- Helps adjust muscles that are either too loose or too tight
- Reduces inflammation of joints and surrounding tissue
- Boosts the immune system
- Helps restore proper sleep patterns
- Can shorten the length of labor
- Improves organ function
- Reduces many types of prenatal pain and discomfort
- Improves quality of life
- Boosts athletic performance potential for any sport
- Can help with depression and works to calm hyperactive mental states
- Speeds up the body’s recovery processes
Chiropractic care has been shown to help patients with autoimmune diseases and, in many cases, bring relief when drug therapy did nothing but make the matter worse. Some doctors note that when symptoms of autoimmune disease is treated with drugs, those very medications sometimes interfere with the body’s immune response. The result is a weakened body due to a less effective immune system.
Chiropractic treatment, because it does not rely on drugs or surgery, works to adjust the spine and extremities so that the nervous system can get back to its natural state. It’s believed that this is the process at work when patients get relief for their autoimmune problems with chiropractic care.
When the pathways for individual nerves are compressed, chiropractors say that the patient is suffering from a subluxation. A spinal adjustment is one way to alleviate subluxations and allow the nerves to return to their natural, non-compressed state. One result, among many, is that the patient’s immune system can also return to normal.
Getting the Help You Need
When you think your immune system is not doing the job it should, do the smart thing and have a full medical exam by a chiropractic physician. At Delaware Integrative Medicine. our doctors can give you a no-cost consultation and let you know if your immune system needs professional attention. If so, consider booking an appointment and getting your health back on track.
Prior to your initial consultation, you’ll simply fill out a brief medical history so the physician who examines you has all the necessary information. After reviewing your case, the doctor will be able to determine if you would be a suitable candidate for chiropractic care. If you are, you’ll then have the choice to opt for a full exam of your spine and extremities. The decision is always in your hands to move on to the next step. Feel free to phone our office anytime and schedule a consultation. We look forward to hearing from you.