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Chiropractic Boosts Immunity

Studies show that chiropractic adjustments can boost immunity. Dr. Fritz in Fleming Island, FL is a chiropractor who has helped many men and women improve their health. Call our clinic today at (904) 425-9060 to see how we can help you.

Most people are aware that chiropractic is an effective way to relieve a variety of pain conditions, but an increasing body of research indicates it can also enhance immunity. In our office in Fleming Island, FL, we help patients with both musculoskeletal issues and overall wellness.

Earlier studies have shown that spinal adjustments can affect specific immune responses in both healthy people and back pain patients. However there have been no major literature reviews of the overall effect of chiropractic on immunity. In a recent presentation at the 9th Chiropractic, Osteopathy, and Physiotherapy Annual Conference in the UK, Jack Neil of the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic analyzed the existing research on spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) and immune responses.

After examining the research up to January 2012, Neil confirmed that spinal adjustments are linked to with a central anti-inflammatory response. Research suggests that SMT may lead to a down regulating of pro-inflammatory cytokines and boost in antibodies linked to the immune response. At the same time, SMT may boost the creation of tiny cells called leukocytes which assist the white blood cells in fighting off a threat. SMT may also affect Natural Killer cells, interleukin-2 activity, TNF-a levels, cortisol, and b-endorphin levels.

The mechanics driving these systems are still unknown, however. There isn't enough research yet to know whether these inflammatory reductions correlate with a reduction in symptoms. "Most research to date has focused on asymptomatic patients with short-term improvements. The challenge now is to clinically observe long-term health benefits in symptomatic patients," Neil concluded.

Although more study is needed, current evidence suggests that chiropractic adjustments can result in favorable improvements in the immune system. These immunological changes may explain why chiropractic can decrease inflammation and pain while boosting overall health.

We have worked with many people in Fleming Island, FL boost their health. If you would like to discover the benefits of chiropractic, call Select Health and Wellness at (904) 425-9060 for an appointment today.

Neil J. Manipulative therapy and immune response: A literature review of the chiropractic and osteopathic evidence. Clinical Chiropractic 2012; 15(3): 186.