In general, the medical community at large is in agreement that the best way to fight off the flu is with a healthy immune system. Unfortunately, one can’t just pop a pill or purchase one. A healthy immune system comes about as a result of having a well functioning nervous system and body. The best way to achieve and maintain such healthy function is by observing an approach that involves exercise, stress management, a balanced diet, and chiropractic care.
For those of you who sufferred from the flu at its peak period (between December and March) you’ll know that the flu season seems to last longer and is getting far worse as the years go by. It is of the utmost importance then, to start measures to prevent the flu when the next season rolls around. One way to do that is by consulting with your chiropractor. Chiropractic care is all about healing and prevention – the faster you create a program designed to match your own personal body’s needs, the faster you’ll be on your way to maintaining a healthier immune system.
How does Chiro help specifically?
Glad you asked! Chiropractic care has been proven in various studies to improve the body’s immune system. A weak immune sysytem leads to a myriad of health woes, not just the flu. According to the World Chiropractic Alliance, (WCA) spinal adjustments can help your immune system to function better. An adjustment by your chiropractor corrects what are called vertebral subluxations. Subluxation is the term for misalignments of the spine that cause compression and irritation of nerve pathways affecting organ systems of the body. When these adjustments are performed, they release pressure on your nerves, allowing for a more effective interaction between your body’s nervous system, and your immune system. When there is better communication between these two – the body is better able to be prepared to prevent or combat the flu.
Prevention is as important as the cure.
We’re not just talking about the band here either, regular chiropractic care is highly beneficial to your body. Preventing the flu is really just one of the many benefits of incorporating chiropractic care into your routine. Chiropractic can teach you how to integrate exercise, a healthy diet, and an increased level of stress control to keep your body at its fighting best. Stress is a factor that affects our immune system in ways we may not even know about. Our bodies tend to manifest stress physically. Stress depresses the activity of white blood cells that directly fight infection, and stimulates the sympathetic nerve system that is responsible for our ‘fight or flight’ response. This causes sleep to be disrupted, and our bodies to be weakened. Chiropractic care has been proven to help combat stress, and less stress equals a healthier immune system!
The final word.
After all of your treatments and plans to integrate your body into a ‘whole’ living program, don’t forget that simple laughter can be some of the best medicine. If you want a healthier immune system, live happier, chuckle more, and stress less!
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