Chiropractic Can Enhance the Immune System
Scientific studies have shown that chiropractic adjustments can enhance the immune system. Dr. Bogan in Tulsa, OK is a chiropractor who has helped many people improve their health. Call our office today at (918) 832-7880 to see how we can help you.
Most people are aware that chiropractic adjustments are an effective way to relieve a number of pain conditions, but an increasing body of research suggests it can also boost our immune system.
In our office in Tulsa, OK, we help patients with both musculoskeletal issues and general health and wellness.
Previous studies have indicated that spinal adjustments can improve specific immune responses in both healthy people 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 examining the research up to January 2012, Neil found 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 an increase in antibodies linked to the immune response. Furthermore, SMT may enhance 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 mechanisms driving these systems are still unclear, however. There isn't enough research yet to know whether these inflammatory improvements 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 required, current evidence indicates that chiropractic adjustments can produce favorable improvements in the immune system. These immunological changes may explain why chiropractic can lessen inflammation and pain while promoting general wellness.
We have helped many people in Tulsa, OK boost their health. If you would like to discover the benefits of chiropractic care, call Alliance Chiropractic at (918) 832-7880 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.