Chiropractic Helps Boost Immune System
The majority of us understand that the spine/nerve system controls mobility in our body. If the spine is broken, we become paraplegic or quadriplegic depending on where it is broken. The nerve system which runs through your spine regulates all the functions of the body including your immune system.
Think of it like this, your spine is the superhighway of your body, it controls everything and like the interstate highways that are 2, 3, or even 4 lanes all going in the same direction, the spine can form clogs and congestion. Imagine the 3 or 4 lane highway squeezing to one or two lanes from an accident; our spine can also squeeze down the signals that run through it due to trauma from an injury or from stress of everyday life events that cause the spine to shift out of place interfering with those vital nerve messages.
How can you remove the congestion or block? Regular chiropractic adjustments can untangle the roadblock of your spine allowing the body's functions to receive the proper signals it needs to function appropriately and at it's best.
A close up look at the nerve and immune systems
The sympathetic nerve system (a lane on the super highway) is one of the processes that allows the nerve system to directly control the immune system.
Keeping the spine aligned provides an open lane for the nerve impulses to travel from one place in the body to another such as the immune system. It also allows the healing elements (white blood cells, macrophages, etc) to travel to the area of the body that needs them.
Researchers discovered the importance of the connection of the sympathetic nerve system in 1987 when they discovered norepinephrine in the immune system organs such as the lymph nodes. 
In 1989 Ronald Pero, Ph.D., chief of cancer prevention research at New York's Preventive Medicine Institute as well as a professor of medicine at New York University followed up that discovery. He found over a three year study looking at the immune system of the following patient types: people receiving chiropractic care, some having cancer and additional terminal illnesses, and the general public not under chiropractic care that patients under chiropractic care for 5 years had a 200% boosted immune system compared to those who were not under chiropractic care.  
A 2015 study shows that the brain and the immune system are the two chief adaptive systems in the body. The two speak to each other to preserve homeostasis and health. 
As you can see the nerve system and immune system are intricately intertwined and keeping the nerve system free of interference will help keep the immune system strong. Of course there are other things that can help too: getting adequate rest, drinking plenty of water, reducing sugar, exercising, eating a good diet, and having a positive mental attitude also play a role.
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 "Enhancing Your Immune System For Better Health" November 8, 2014 by Dr. Tony Jensen
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Dr. Kori Mortenson, DC is a chiropractor in Santa Barbara, CA. In his spare time he enjoys tango dancing, running, biking, hiking, kayaking... just being active.
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