Studies have shown that chiropractic adjustments can boost the immune system. Dr. Sweeney in Nashville, TN is a chiropractor who has helped many men and women improve their health. Call our office today at (615) 331-7040 to see how we can help you.
Most people know that chiropractic adjustments are a simple yet effective way to relieve a variety of pain symptoms, but a growing body of data suggests it can also boost our immune system.
In our office in Nashville, TN, we help people with both musculoskeletal pain and overall health and wellness.
Previous research has shown that spinal adjustments can affect specific immune responses in both healthy participants and back pain patients. However there have been no major literature review articles 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 evaluated the existing research on spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) and immune responses.
After reviewing the research up to January 2012, Neil confirmed that spinal adjustments are linked to with a central anti-inflammatory response. Research indicates that SMT may lead to a down regulating of pro-inflammatory cytokines and boost in antibodies linked to the immune response. Furthermore, SMT may boost the production 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 processes are still unknown, however. There is not sufficient research yet to know whether these inflammatory improvements result in an improvement 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.
While more study is required, current evidence suggests that chiropractic adjustments can produce positive changes in the immune system. These immunological changes may show us why chiropractic can decrease inflammation and pain while boosting general health.
We have worked with many patients in Nashville, TN boost their health. If you would like to experience the advantages of chiropractic, call Sweeney Chiropractic at (615) 331-7040 for a consultation today.
Neil J. Manipulative therapy and immune response: A literature review of the chiropractic and osteopathic evidence. Clinical Chiropractic 2012; 15(3): 186.