We’ve heard it before - you call in to cancel your chiropractic adjustment because you’re sick. We actually suggest that chiropractic care can help with your illness and improve your overall well-being, including your immune system. Here’s how it works:
How Do You Get Sick?
The way you actually get sick and the way you think you get sick are probably pretty different. Most people think you get sick because of germs. But germs are everywhere…and we mean everywhere. So if germs are on every light switch, every door handle, every copy machine, why is it that sometimes you catch the bug going around the office, and sometimes you don’t?
The fact of the matter is whether you get sick or not is entirely dependent upon you and the activity and health of your immune system, not the presence of germs. If your immune system is active and healthy, you will be better prepared to fight off illness-causing bugs. On the other hand, if your immune system is compromised and you aren’t able to fend off germs, you lose that battle and will get beat by the common cold.
Chiropractic Care and Colds
If staying healthy isn’t centered on avoiding germs, then what is it? An important factor is keeping your immune system strong. When your immune system is down and out, you are more likely to catch a cold or sickness. When your body is functioning optimally, you lessen your chances of getting the latest bug going around. That’s where chiropractic care comes in. A chiropractic adjustment can boost the amount of activity of your immune system. When you combine regular adjustments with healthy habits like a nutritious diet, drinking plenty of water, and exercise, you will increase your chances of developing a strong immune system that can fight to keep you healthy.
Additionally, chiropractic adjustments can increase lymphatic flow. The lymphatic system is what removes waste from the body. If the waste system gets clogged up, you can imagine that moving things through the body will take more time. Imagine a kitchen sink that is backed up - dirty water fills the sink and takes longer to drain. Eventually, the sink will empty, but not as efficiently as if the pipes were clear. So, when the lymph system (the body’s waste transport system) is flowing properly, your body is better able to get rid of sickness quickly and efficiently.
The Bottom Line
When you come down with a cold, chiropractic care will often lessen both the intensity and the length of the symptoms you suffer from. We frequently hear our patients state that after receiving an adjustment, their sinuses drain, headaches lessen, or their cough breaks up. Chiropractic care, even when you are sick, may not only boost your lymphatic flow and immune system, but can also clear your nervous system as a whole, allowing it to function as it should. Then your body is able to recover faster.
Next time you’re thinking of calling to cancel your appointment because you are fighting a cold, think again. We want to help you achieve the best health possible! Want to help boost your immune system? Contact us and schedule your next adjustment!