Chiropractic Care and Your Immune System
Winter is here and so is cold and flu season. Colds can be irritating and flu can be dangerous, so at Choice Chiropractic we do our best to help our patients avoid illnesses and stay healthy.
Did you know your adjustment improves the function of the nervous system? That, in turn, boosts the immune system. Adjustments also help the body regulate cortisol. Cortisol is a hormone the body produces in response to stress. It can inhibit the immune system, which is part of why stress can cause illness. By controlling production of this hormone, the adjustment can help the body stay healthy.
Adjustments also help the immune system by eliminating subluxations. A subluxation is a condition caused by compression of the spinal column in the vertebrae. By correcting subluxations, chiropractors can improve the body’s ability to heal itself and stave off illness.
Even when illnesses strike, getting adjusted can help speed up the recovery process. Some patients hesitate to go to the chiropractor when they’re not feeling well. We encourage patients suffering from a cold or the flu to come in if they’re able, because we can help expedite their recovery.
Other methods to improve the immune system include:
- Nutrition counseling. Diet plays a big role in the body’s ability to fight off viruses. Foods like citrus fruits, probiotics, herbs, spices, and garlic can all help patients get the vitamins and nutrients they need to stay healthy.
- Lifestyle advice. People make choices every day that can either help or inhibit their immune systems. Sleeping well, using effective stress management techniques, and exercising regularly can help patients stay healthy.
- Postural screening and correction. Poor posture can lead to subluxations that then inhibit the immune system. We help our patients avoid this problem with postural screening and posture correction techniques.
Regular visits to the chiropractor throughout the winter can help you stay healthy. Even if you’re already feeling well, we can help you feel better faster.