Many people know that chiropractic is a simple yet effective way to relieve a variety of pain conditions, but an increasing body of data suggest it can also enhance our immune system. Dr. Rivano isn't only concerned with immediate pain relief, he wants to offer lasting solutions to any health problems you may have so can experience total body wellness.
Earlier studies have indicated that spinal adjustments can improve specific immune responses in both healthy participants and back pain patients. However there have been no major literature reviews 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 existing research on spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) and immune responses.
After examining the research up to January 2012, Neil confirmed 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 boost in antibodies involved in the immune response. Additionally, 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 isn't enough data yet to be sure whether these inflammatory changes result in 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 said.
While more research is needed, current evidence suggests that chiropractic adjustments can result in positive changes in the immune system. These immunological changes may show us why chiropractic can decrease inflammation and pain while boosting overall wellness.
We have helped many people in Florham Park, NJ improve their health. If you would like to experience the advantages of chiropractic care, call Rivano Chiropractic Health Center at (973) 845-6282 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.