Building Immunity: Chiropractic Connection
From time to time a patient may call our office to say, “I am sick! I don’t want to pass the germs around. Should I still come in for my adjustment?” to which we always respond, “Of course! In fact, you should come in to feel better, sooner by building immunity.”
And of course, we want you to understand why. Chiropractors adjust the spine to remove nerve interference. This nerve interference is called a subluxation and it is usually caused by some type of physical trauma or stress. Chiropractic focuses on removing that interference, allowing the central nervous system to function at its full potential and allowing your body to heal faster and better, as well as building immunity.
Chiropractic adjustments have been proven to regulate the autonomic nervous system. The nervous system (the brain, spinal cord, nerves, etc.) controls almost every other body system, serving as the method of “communication and control” from our brain to our body; therefore, when the nervous system is not functioning properly, the negative effects can run rampant. For this same reason, when patients come in to treat a specific complaint, they often find other issues improving as well due to the increased nervous system function.
Basically, the nervous system and the immune system are intrinsically linked. When the nervous system detects damage or infection for example, it employs the immune system to get to work to heal and repair the body. However, a faulty and sluggish nervous system will be equally sluggish alerting the immune system, leaving the door open for sickness and potentially long-term illness. In fact, research continually shows the link between chiropractic adjustments and a healthy, strong immune system:
Those who received regular chiropractic adjustments for 5 years had 200% increased immunity over those who did not.
In a study measuring the level of enzymes that increase the body’s ability to develop resistance to hazardous environmental exposures, it was discovered that healthy patients had 2 times the amount of enzymes as seriously ill patients and that patients receiving regular chiropractic adjustments had 2 times the amount of enzymes as other healthy patients.
A separate study revealed that HIV positive patients receiving chiropractic adjustments showed a 48% boost in the presence of CD4 cells (cells that are attacked in a person with HIV).
Prepare for Cold & Flu Season
Prepare your body for cold and flu season with regular chiropractic adjustments. Your immune system will thank you!
To learn more about how regular chiropractic treatment can help boost your immunity, contact our office at (310) 277-8822 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Steven Becker. We are located on the corner of Beverly Drive and Pico Blvd. Dr. Steven Becker is affiliated with Cedars–Sinai Medical Center and has sub–specialties in Chiropractic Neurology and Orthopedics. Dr. Steven Becker lives and works in Los Angeles and frequently sees patients from the surrounding neighborhoods in West Los Angeles (West LA)