Most people know that chiropractic adjustments are an effective way to alleviate a number of pain conditions, but an increasing body of research suggests it can also boost immunity.
In our Bonita Springs, FL office, we help people with both musculoskeletal conditions and general health and wellness.
Earlier research has indicated 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 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 evaluated the existing research on spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) and immune responses.
Research suggests that SMT may lead to a down regulating of pro-inflammatory cytokines and boost in antibodies involved in the immune response. Additionally, SMT may boost the production of tiny cells called leukocytes which support 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 unknown, however. There isn’t sufficient research yet to know whether these inflammatory improvements correlate with 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 investigation is necessary, current evidence suggests that chiropractic adjustments can produce positive improvements in the immune system. These immunological changes may explain why chiropractic can lessen inflammation and pain while supporting general health.
We have helped many people in Bonita Springs, FL boost their health. If you would like to experience the advantages of chiropractic, call Chiropractic Care and Rehab Center at (239) 495-1166 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.