The answer to this is a resounding, maybe! Recent research suggests that a single chiropractic adjustment (spinal manipulation) to a particular area of the spine may actually help the immune system in combating a cold.
We’ve all heard the expression, “The key to a good defense is a good offense”. When it comes to conquering the common cold, the key to a good defense IS A GOOD DEFENSE or, more specific, a good defense system.
The internal defense system of the human body is our own immune system. The immune system is responsible for fending off all sorts of nasty things, including bacteria, viruses, and a whole host of other creepy crawlies. Everyday we come in contact with millions of these things and yet we manage to get along without much of an issue. It is only when our immune system is compromised or overcome by these viruses, bacteria, etc. that we start to experience the symptoms commonly associated with a cold or flu.
Since your immune system is responsible for killing the virus that causes the common cold, supporting it is the only way to speed the healing process and stay healthy. Good hygiene, proper diet and nutrition, and getting enough sleep, all play an essential role in supporting your immune system. But, there is more…
It is well understood that there is a direct relationship between the immune system and the Central Nervous System (the brain and spinal cord). We know that the Central Nervous System receives special protection from the immune system and that the integrity of Central Nervous System can affect the strength and function of the immune system. A, sort of, you take care of me and I’ll take care of you relationship.
In a recent study published in Chiropractic and Manual Therapies, researchers looked to see if a single chiropractic adjustment (which does affect the Central Nervous System) could have a positive affect on the immune system. What they found was that it did!
Over the years, I have seen the positive effects chiropractic care can have on children with fevers or ear infections to adults just dealing with a nagging cold. Although I believe more research needs to be done, I also think some of this is just common sense. If the master control system of the human body (the Central Nervous System) is being stressed, than those systems intimately involved with it (the immune system) will also be affected. If we support the nervous system through proper spinal function and alignment, then we will ultimately support and strengthen the immune system.
When it comes to conquering the common cold there is no silver bullet, but there are certainly things that you can do to feel better and possibly avoid it in the first place. When considering your health and what you can do to support your immune system, a visit to your local chiropractor might be a great start.