the years, chiropractic physicians have reported success
a variety of conditions associated with bacterial
and viral infection.
Manipulation of the vertebrae has an influence on
lymphatic drainage, blood flow and muscle tension.
by Patricia C Brennan, Ph.D., suggests that manipulation
may also have
a great effect on certain aspects of immune function.
showed that when the thoracic spine (mid-back) was
respiratory burst cycle of white blood cells was enhanced.
is thought to stimulate immune function, in part by
promoting the release of endorphins long associated
with improving immunity.
Gregory R. Salmond, D.C.
the Link Between Chiropractic and Your Immune System
Dr. Paul Newton
usually about this time of the year when I start hearing
like "Gee, I havenít been sick yet this year!"
or "Our family hasnít had
any colds this winter!" People are quite surprised
by how much better
their immune system is working since theyíve been
care. These people understood that the nervous system
coordinated every other system in the body but they
didnít believe it
until they experienced it first hand.
a new person begins chiropractic care, we spend a
great deal of
time and effort to educate him/her about the bodyís
the nervous system is free of stress. We explain how
every system in
your body requires non-stop direction and feedback
from the brain and
spinal cord to make sure it is doing its job perfectly.
This includes the
grasp this concept rather enthusiastically because
they realize that
their body wants to be healthy and it just needs a
chance to do it on its
own. The problem we encounter occurs when this new
down with something, runs to the doctor and gets put
The old belief system overrides all concepts of self-healing
infection made them sick.
enough, many people do get sick shortly after beginning
care. As discouraging as this is to most, this is
a very positive healing
response. Have you ever, in a moment of inspiration,
decided to clean
up your desk, your office, your basement etc. because
you felt it would
have a positive impact on your life? You didnít like
the way you were
operating and decided that things needed to change.
Your body does
the same thing.
you get adjusted and your body releases stress that
preoccupying most of its systems, your body gets inspired
to change the state of affairs. It doesnít like all
the critters that have
taken up residence so it mounts an immune response
to kill them all.
This makes us feel discomfort and we have been taught
experience that this means we are sick. Most of us
just want the
discomfort to stop so we ask our doctor for something
to make it go
away. We take some medicine and demotivate the body,
forcing it to
return to its original state.
have been telling people this for years and it is
exciting for us to finally see some scientific proof.
New research in
the area of neuroimmunobiology has shown that there
are nerve endings
in the bodyís immune tissues. Scientists now believe
that the nervous
system and the immune system may be connected. Itís
always nice to
have some scientific validation!
do I think all medicine is bad? No. Sometimes when
we let our bodies
get so run down that many of our immune responses
are ineffective, life-threatening infections can take
hold in places where bacteria can never
get in a healthy person. Take pneumonia for example.
This disease that
used to affect and kill only very sick people is showing
up routinely in
the public. Antibiotics may be necessary to remove
the immediate threat
but once the infection is under control, is that person
youíre sick of your yearly bout of bronchitis or afraid
of what your kids
bring home from school, itís time to build up your
chiropractic care is an integral step towards perfect
health. You and
your family need regular adjustments to keep your
systems in perfect
Filosofi Health Management Corporation
works on the body's immune system and its cells through
the nervous system, because the CD4 (T4) cells of
the immune system
have tiny nerves going to them. Chiropractic adjustments
interference to our main nervous system (brain and
spinal cord), which
then has a positive effect on the rest of our nervous
system and body.
Life College, Atlanta, GA, USAResearch on Upper Cervical
Adjustments and CD4 Cell Count
you know that the nervous system directly and indirectly
immune system. It's called - psychoneuroimmunology.
Source: Dr. Christopher Kent ICA Convention Atlanta
is an increasing body of evidence that the nervous
capable of modulating the immune response. It is theorized
fixations may adversely affect the immune response
manipulation can correct the spinal fixations and
the adverse affects of somatosympathetic reflexes.
Fidelibus JC. An overview of neuroimmunomodulation
and a possible
correlation with musculoskeletal system function.J
Manipulative Physiol Ther 1989;12(4):289-292 / Medline