Chiropractic May Enhance Immunity

Chiropractic Enhance Immunity Henderson, NV

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 
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) 990-2225 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.