Ever thought that chiropractic adjustments can assist in a healthy immune system?
There is no doubt that the immune system is one of the most important functions of our bodies. A healthy immune system protects us from bacteria, viruses and fungi and fight off these infections. But have you ever thought about a chiropractic adjustment to assist in the overall health of your immune system?
Truth be told, we live in a world where viruses and bacteria are everywhere. Almost an impossible situation to avoid. To fight off these infections, we need a healthy immune system. And as we are now forced to slow down from our hectic lifestyle every day, you might have noticed that your immune system is not as strong as you thought it was.
What can you do give your immune system a boost?
During our busy and stressful lifestyles, our immune system is often neglected. Unfortunately, all of that stress, combined with lack of rest and overindulgence in food and drink that may not be the most nutritious, can often compromise our immune system, making us more susceptible to colds or the flu.
Stress breaks down your immune system. When we’re stressed, the immune system’s ability to fight off antigens is reduced. That is why we are more susceptible to infections. The stress hormone corticosteroid can suppress the effectiveness of the immune system. Reducing your stress levels might have a good impact on your body, in turn providing you with a healthy immune system, should you decide to make so alterations to your daily lifestyle and nutritional habits.
Things to consider for a healthier immune system:
Make small dietary changes
Start an exercise program (Always consult with your health care practitioner)
Keep stress under control or avoid overall stress
Get adequate sleep
These are merely just guidelines and the beginning of putting your immune system first.
How can Chiropractic adjustments assist with your immune health?
Chiropractic is a health profession specializing in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the effects of these disorders on the function of the nervous system and general health including your immune system.
Chiropractic care can be considered if your neck and back are in pain, but it also aids in overall health, including aiding in our immune system. Our spine is part of the central nervous system and the immune system is directly connected to our spine. It makes perfect sense that keeping the spine in proper alignment allows all systems in the body to function more efficiently.
One of the main causes of immune system problems comes from subluxations (compression of nerve pathways). Chiropractors may use a variety of spinal manipulation to help relieve this compression and in turn may boost your immune system.
Many illnesses are caused or worsened by stress, which activates our “fight or flight” reaction. This systemic reaction affects various parts of our body’s, as the hypothalamus in the brain stimulates the sympathetic nervous system, which causes an increase in heart rate, blood volume and blood pressure, redirecting blood away from our digestive system and extremities.
Chiropractic care is the only way to detect and eliminate subluxation, and chiropractic adjustments have been shown to reduce the stress on the nervous system, thereby boosting the coordinated responses of the nervous and immune systems.
Chiropractic adjustments reduce interference to the nervous system’s ability to perform optimally. Since the nervous system controls all functions of the body, including the immune system, chiropractic care can have a positive effect on immune function.
When prolonged, the long-term effects of this state can be disastrous to good health and cause high blood pressure, muscle tissue damage, diabetes, infertility, damage to the immune system and slowed healing from disease and injury.
Chiropractic practitioners essentially rely upon non-invasive treatment methods and will refer patients to medical practitioners should medication or surgery be indicated. This approach is further reinforced by chiropractors in their promotion of healthy lifestyles, exercise and diet.
At Centurion Chiropractor, Dr Bezuidenhout focuses on the treatment of the whole person and most importantly keeping you functioning at your full potential.
Dr Bezuidenhout has been in business since 2010 and is an Internationally Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner (ICCSP). Phone Centurion Chiropractor today for your appointment and start thinking of your immune system and putting your body’s needs first.
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