Chiropractic May Enhance Immunity
Most people know that chiropractic adjustments are a simple yet effective way to
alleviate a number of pain conditions, but a growing body of data suggests it can
also improve immunity. In our office Henderson, NV, we help people with both
musculoskeletal conditions and overall health and wellness.
Previous studies have shown 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 care 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 current literature on spinal manipulative therapy
(SMT) and immune responses.
After examining the research up to January 2012, Neil determined 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 involved in 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 mechanisms behind these systems are still unclear, however. There is not
enough research yet to know whether these inflammatory changes result in 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.
While more study is needed, current evidence suggests that chiropractic
adjustments can result in positive improvements in the immune system. These
immunological changes may show us why chiropractic can lessen inflammation and
pain while supporting overall wellness.
We have worked with many people in Henderson, NV improve their health. If you
would like to discover the advantages of chiropractic care, call Advanced Spine &
Rehabilitation at (702) 832-1788 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.