Many people know that chiropractic is an effective way to treat a number of pain conditions, but a growing body of research suggests it can also improve immunity.
In our office Salem, OR, we help patients with both musculoskeletal problems and overall wellness.
Previous research has shown 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 Ninth Chiropractic, Osteopathy, and Physiotherapy Annual Conference in the UK, Jack Neil of the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic analyzed the current research on spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) and immune responses.
After examining the data up to January 2012, Neil determined that spinal adjustments are associated with a central anti-inflammatory response. Research shows that SMT may lead to a down regulating of pro-inflammatory cytokines and an increase in antibodies linked to the immune response. In addition, SMT may enhance the creation of tiny cells called leukocytes that 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.
Although more research is required, current evidence suggests that chiropractic adjustments can result in favorable changes in the immune system. These immunological changes may show us why chiropractic can reduce inflammation and pain while supporting general health.
We have helped many patients in Salem, OR improve their health. If you would like to experience the advantages of chiropractic, call at (503) 399-7607 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.