Boosting Immune Function Through Chiropractic Care 

 December 27, 2023

By  Dr. Polly Hediger

boost immune function chiropracticIn the pursuit of optimal health, individuals are increasingly turning to holistic approaches that address the interconnectedness of the body’s systems. Chiropractic care, traditionally known for its effectiveness in alleviating musculoskeletal issues, has garnered attention for its potential role in enhancing immune function. This article explores the relationship between chiropractic care and immune health, shedding light on the science behind it and how it contributes to overall well-being.

Understanding the Immune System:

The immune system is a complex network of organs, cells, and proteins that work together to defend the body against harmful invaders, such as viruses, bacteria, and toxins. Key components include the lymph nodes, spleen, bone marrow, thymus, and lymphatic system. White blood cells, or leukocytes, play a vital role in immune response by attacking foreign bodies and infectious agents. Different types of leukocytes, including lymphocytes, neutrophils, monocytes, eosinophils, and basophils have specialized roles in the immune process.

A well-functioning immune system is crucial for maintaining good health and preventing illnesses. Factors such as chronic stress, poor nutrition, lack of sleep, and spinal misalignments can compromise the efficiency of the immune system, leaving the body more susceptible to infections, allergies, and diseases. Supporting immune function is essential for overall wellbeing.

Chiropractic Care and the Nervous System:

The nervous system is a complex and intricate network that regulates nearly all functions in the human body. It comprises the central nervous system and peripheral nervous system.

The central nervous system consists of the brain and spinal cord and is the control center, processing information and sending signals to peripheral nerves.

The peripheral nervous system includes all the nerves branching from the spinal cord out to tissues, organs, limbs, and skin surfaces. It transmits sensory information to the central nervous system and motor commands from the central nervous system.

Within the central nervous system, the spinal cord carries vital communication between the brain and body via spinal nerves. The spinal cord runs through the cervical, thoracic, lumbar, and sacral regions of the spine, protected by the bony vertebrae. Nerve impulses travel to and from the brain through the network of nerve fibers in the spinal cord, directing involuntary functions and relaying sensory information.

Misalignments in the vertebrae, known as subluxations, can disrupt the functionality of this intricate communication system. Subluxations alter the position of the spinal vertebrae, putting pressure on the spinal nerves exiting between the vertebrae. This interferes with neural transmissions, compromising communication between the brain and body regions served by the impinged nerves.

Doctors of Chiropractic focus on the intricate relationship between the spine and nervous system. Chiropractic adjustments and manipulations aim to correct vertebral subluxations, realigning the spinal column to take pressure off compressed nerves. Restoring proper spinal alignment reduces nerve interference, allowing nerve impulses to flow freely between the central nervous system and tissues, organs, and immune cells throughout the body.

Enhancing communication in the nervous system through chiropractic adjustments can have wide-ranging effects on health and wellness. Research suggests reducing subluxations may support a properly functioning immune system, allowing the body to mount a more coordinated defense against pathogens and foreign invaders. Chiropractic care focuses on neurological balance as a key component of whole body health.

The Holistic Approach:

Chiropractic care goes beyond merely addressing symptoms; it embraces a holistic approach focused on supporting overall wellness. Doctors of chiropractic aim to facilitate the body’s inherent healing abilities by restoring balance and function. They view health problems in the context of the whole individual rather than isolated symptoms.

Chiropractors often emphasize lifestyle factors, including nutrition, exercise, stress management, and restorative sleep as integral components of their treatment plans. This comprehensive approach aligns with the principle that healthy lifestyle habits support robust immune function as well as overall wellbeing.

  • Nutritional guidance focused on a whole food diet high in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, nuts, seeds, and anti-inflammatory fats. Targeted nutritional supplements may also be suggested.
  • Exercise programs that incorporate moderate cardio activity, strength training, flexibility exercises, and stress reduction techniques such as yoga or tai chi.
  • Stress management through counseling, biofeedback, meditation, or breathing exercises. Cortisol and other stress hormones can hamper immune response.
  • Adequate, high-quality sleep which is vital for recharging the immune system. Chiropractic adjustments can help improve spinal alignment and reduce pain or discomfort that interferes with rest.
  • Avoiding smoking, excessive alcohol, drugs, and environmental toxins that introduced foreign substances that must be cleared by the immune system.

If you are interested in exploring how chiropractic care may help boost your body’s immune defenses, contact our office today to schedule a consultation. Our experienced chiropractor will perform a thorough evaluation, discuss your health goals, and explain how customized chiropractic treatment can be integrated into your wellness routine. Support your natural healing power through the benefits of chiropractic care.

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Dr. Polly Hediger

Dr. Polly Hediger grew up in a small town in southern Illinois, called Highland. After graduating in the top 10 of her high school class, she attended Southwestern Illinois College for general studies. In 1998, Dr. Hediger entered the accelerated science program at Logan College of Chiropractic in Missouri. Through her coursework there she completed her Bachelor of Science degree (B.S.) and graduated with a Doctorate of Chiropractic (D.C.).

Dr. Polly Hediger

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