Most people are aware that chiropractic adjustments are a successful way to relieve a variety of pain conditions, but a growing body of research suggests it can also boost immunity.
In our chiropractic office in Oakleigh, VIC, we help people with both musculoskeletal conditions and general health and wellness.
Earlier 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 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. .
After examining the research up to January 2012, Neil found that spinal adjustments are linked to 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. At the same time, SMT may boost the production 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 driving these systems are still unknown, however. There isn't sufficient research yet to know whether these inflammatory improvements 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 necessary, current evidence indicates that chiropractic adjustments can result in positive improvements in the immune system. These immunological changes may explain why chiropractic can lessen inflammation and pain while boosting overall wellness.
We have worked with many patients in Oakleigh, VIC boost their health. If you would like to experience the advantages of chiropractic care, call North Road Chiropractic at (03) 9579 2699 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.