Building the immune system begins even before birth. We begin to build immunity against sickness and disease when we are still in utero. A strong immune system means that we have a greater ability to fight off sickness and stay healthy. The central nervous system, composed of the brain and spinal cord, is responsible for immune system function and helps the body heal from injuries or fight off viruses and bacteria. For this reason, chiropractic care has been shown to be an effective way to strengthen the immune system in both children and adults.
Nerve Communication Is Necessary for Immune System Function
The spinal cord is a vital part of the central nervous system, which is imperative for nerve communication to all the body’s systems. The central nervous system sends messages to the body to alert the immune system when to act. These messages let the immune system know when it is necessary to increase white blood cell production or even release antibodies to fight off illnesses. Any interference can impact these messages and keep them from being delivered, which can lower the effectiveness of the immune system, making you more susceptible to sickness.
Chiropractic Increases Immune System Function
No one enjoys spending endless days in bed recovering from a cold or other illness. Spinal adjustments from Bentonville chiropractor Dr. Tom Niemela will aid in improving immune system strength, increasing your ability to fight off viruses and bacteria so that you can stay healthy. Misalignments that cause nerve interference are removed through gentle chiropractic adjustments for subluxations of the spine. Another benefit of chiropractic care is that studies have shown a correlation between chiropractic and an increased level of antibody production that will aid in battling sickness. The correlation is so promising that case studies have been conducted to show the benefits of chiropractic care on increased immune system health. In one such study, 650 children suffering from chronic illness and a decrease of immune system function found that their health significantly improved after 3 months of consistent chiropractic care.
The Many Benefits of Chiropractic for All Ages
Those who have sought to strengthen the immune system through chiropractic have found that they have experienced added benefits as well. Not only does chiropractic keep you from getting sick as often, but it also helps you heal faster in the rare instances that you do get sick. Sickness can be draining both physically and emotionally. Staying healthy improves your mindset. Once you realize that a proactive approach to health care is much more effective than a reactive approach, you will work to improve your overall health and wellness, thus increasing the immune system and reducing instances of sickness. Children and adults alike can experience the benefits of proactive chiropractic care. In a case study of chiropractic and the immune system, individuals found that their immune system function was significantly improved after just 3 months of care. Another study was conducted of two young boys with HIV. They presented with a weakened immune system, persistent vomiting, and inability to walk. After seeking chiropractic care, these boys were able to eat without vomiting and walk on their own strength. They also saw a decrease in their viral load.
If you find yourself faced with sickness after sickness and are looking for natural and safe methods to increase your immunity and stay healthy, then schedule a visit today with Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic in Bentonville, AR.
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