Chiropractic adjustments have deep-reaching benefits that aren’t limited to your spinal health. Chiropractic care can also help strengthen your entire body’s immune system. Regular trips to a trained chiropractor can help you live healthier by supporting the optimal spine and joint function.
At Pure Health and Wellness, we specialize in helping our patients restore and rejuvenate through personalized chiropractic care. Dr. Justin works with you to make the best choices for your health and body.
Read on to discover how chiropractic care can benefit your immune system and what a boosted immune system can do for you in your everyday life.
Your Immune System in Simple Terms
We know how important it is to protect ourselves, and you’re likely already aware that your immune system’s job is to fight off disease and bacteria. But did you know your immune system also helps support your daily health?
While your immune system’s primary role is to fight germs and bacteria, its secondary role is to protect all of your vital organs and tissues. There are two parts to your immune system:
- Your innate immune system. The immune system you’re born with is already prepared to fight disease and protect your health.
- Your adaptive immune system. The immunity that builds over time. Exposure to toxins, disease-causing agents, and bacteria helps your body prepare for future threats. Vaccines also help develop your adaptive immune system.
The innate immune system consists of essential organs and tissues, like your skin and the mucous membrane that lines your respiratory and gastrointestinal tracts.
The adaptive immune system develops over time through specialized cells called antibodies that know the genetic code of specific bacteria, diseases, and viruses.
So how does chiropractic care come into play?
Aligning Your Body
The root of chiropractic medicine is using spinal manipulation to achieve greater balance throughout the body. This balance is reflected in your nervous system, which communicates with every other part of your body.
Spinal misalignment can lead to:
- Chronically stiff and inflexible joints
- Pain, especially in the lower back
- Discomfort sitting, standing, or lying in certain positions
- Joint pain and mobility issues
- Poor range of motion
- A slouched posture and feeling “pulled down” by your body.
All of these issues can stem from compressed nerves. Poor communication between nerve cells leads to restricted function. Your immune system may be unable to effectively send antibodies and fend off pathogens the way it should.
By gently realigning the spine, you can improve the communication between nerve cells and possibly improve your immune system\’s function.
Lower Stress to Reduce Inflammation
Inflammation of the body’s tissues is a response to stress and disease. Too much inflammation increases your risk of damaging healthy cells and tissues. People with chronic inflammation are at a greater risk of cancer, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, arthritis, and asthma. Chiropractic adjustments help lower inflammation by improving blood flow and stopping neuropeptides. Neuropeptides are chemical messengers that can increase or decrease the firing of nerve cells. When you have too many neuropeptides in your system, your inflammation increases; high-stress levels can also trigger your immune system’s inflammatory response.
By reducing your stress levels and coaxing muscles into a relaxed state, you lower inflammation throughout the body while slowing the production of chemicals that cause it in the first place.
Optimize Your Spinal Health for Total-body Wellness
Every part of your body plays a role in your well-being. Your spine and alignment are among the most important features, as it correlates directly to your central nervous system. By improving your spinal health through routine chiropractic treatments, you can improve your body functions. This includes giving your cells the boost they need to communicate with your immune system.
Discover the Difference between Chiropractic Care
Contact Pure Health and Wellness today to learn how we can help you. Dr. Justin is eager to learn about your health goals and help you reach them through personalized chiropractic care.