Chiropractic and Your Immune System. What’s the Connection? 

March 22, 2024

You’ve probably heard or even noticed that those who have adopted chiropractic into their wellness routine typically don’t get sick, or rarely that sick. What gives? 

Well, most don’t realize that your immune system is controlled by your nervous system. However, the particular branch that supplies all your immune responses is known as your parasympathetic nervous system. Now stay with me as we get a little more into the science… 

This calming, restorative, and growth orientated part of your nervous system is responsible for not only our immune function but also your social/emotional connection, neurological development, and overall physical growth. The tricky thing is you can’t be in both states at the same time- your nervous system is either going to choose growth or protection. 

This protection is known as your sympathetic response or more commonly referred to as stress response. When our nervous system perceives our environment to be stressful or dangerous our energy and input get prioritized into this, instead of fueling our parasympathetic response. Over time this ultimately weakens our immune system. 

What neurologically based chiropractic care aims to do is shift  your nervous system from a protective state and into a growth oriented state. Consistently allowing your nervous system to shift into a parasympathetic state like this, provides your immune system the time it needs to adapt to immune challenges and ultimately build up its resilience for future challanges. 

Now I know what you’re thinking… Sounds too good to be true, right? If it was that easy why wouldn’t everyone be doing it? Well… as easy as it sounds, so many people often shut down or cover up the signs that your immune system is actually working- like a fever, runny nose, or even diarrhea- with antibiotics or over the counter medications, basically shutting down that parasympathetic or immune response. 

Again, I know what you’re thinking… “ You are definitely sick if all those are happening and you need to do something!”  And you’re not wrong! Your body and nervous system are telling you with all those immune responses that you reached the MAX of your threshold to manage stress and your immune system needs some support. But support and shutdown are not the same thing. Of course there is a time and place for the shut down ( like a 102 degree fever) but all these “symptoms” are known as “Adaptive” or “Expressive Immunity”. 

 Consistent Chiropractic care supports your nervous system during those times where you are experiencing “ Expressive Immunity” by removing any stress within your neurospinal system to enhance and trigger that parasympathetic response. Anyone experiencing constant colds or ear infections should first get their nervous system evaluated by a neurologically based chiropractor.

Don’t know where to start? No problem! If you are local we would love to support you on your healthy journey, if not check out the PX directory to find someone local to you! 

Schedule with Simply Well Chiropractic here or give us a call at (562)588-3909 for any questions.

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