Winter accompanies the time of year when coughs, fevers, stuffy noses, and tummy aches become the norm in both kids and adults. The spread of these conditions run rampant at the start of the new year. Yet some people remain unscathed and seemingly untouched by the microbes which cause sickness. Have you noticed that when one family member gets sick, that it is not necessarily the case that all family members get sick? The thought often crosses collective minds with wonder about why some people get sick and others do not. People all possess an immune system meant to protect the body and fight disease, yet all immunity does not appear to manifest equally; even in families under the same roof.
Every person’s body comes equipped with an amazing immune system comprised of little soldiers created with the specific purpose of being vigilant against foreign invaders in the form of germs and disease. The location of an invader triggers a set of chemical messengers to call specific white blood cell fighters to crash the scene and destroy the unwelcome presence. The process occurs without the conscious awareness of the human body. The immune system operates through a series of constant ongoing procedures that take place without thought or human instruction. The entire fascinating process of health, healing, and restoration occurs under the guidance and direction of the autonomic nervous system.
Evidence proves that Chiropractic care improves function of the autonomic nervous system through gentle adjustments which increase movement in the spine and balance communication between the brain and nervous system. The adjustments empower the autonomic processes by reducing stress in the nervous system. The outcome leads to improved hormone balance that guides immune function and results in better health.
Research from 2010 found that patients receiving Chiropractic adjustments increased a specific signaling molecule in the body called Interleukin-2. Interleukin-2 regulates the activities of white blood cells responsible for immunity, a key component of the body’s natural response to microbial infection. Interleukin-2 also helps the body recognize and create specific responses that neutralize foreign invaders. This protein molecule existed at higher rates in people who received a Chiropractic spinal adjustment in comparison to people who did not.
The primary focus of a Chiropractic adjustment does not target the immune system or a specific symptom or condition. The increased health function from an adjustment simply serves as an example of an outcome which takes place after removing interference from the nervous system. The static in the nervous system lines decreases when the spine becomes better aligned and mobile. While other health professions attempt to change the environment to suit a weakened body, Chiropractic focuses on strengthening the body to suit all naturally occurring environments.
Four methods of improving long term immunity include:
1) Staying on track with adjustments to keep the autonomic nervous system balanced
2) Receiving adequate amounts of all essential nutrients, such as Vitamin D (a major immune system booster)
3) Getting at least 7 to 8 hours of good quality sleep per night (inadequate sleep damages the immune system)
4) Replacing sugary drinks and snacks with more nutritious choices (sugar drains the immune system)
Chiropr Osteopat. 2010 Sep 8;18:26. Interleukin 2-regulated in vitro antibody production following a single spinal manipulative treatment in normal subjects.