Many have the misconception that chiropractic care is only for pain-relief and solving problems related to the spine (e.g. scoliosis).
While it is definitely true that we help a lot of people address neck pain, low back pain, shoulder pain, chiropractic is much more than that. The focus of chiropractic is on neuro-musculoskeletal, which is the interaction of your nerves, muscles, and skeleton, and not just your muscles and alignment of bones.
So how does chiropractic care help my immune system?
Think of your immune system as being both hard wired and wirelessly connected to your nervous system. This is known as your “neuro-immune” system. Your neuro-immune system is a technical term for the relationship between your brain (central nervous system) and the cells of your immune system.
Here’s how your body works:
- You get exposed to an “invader” (bacteria, germ, pathogen, allergen, parasite, etc)
- Your nervous system (Vagus nerve) senses the invader in your gut and airways, and sends signals to a specific part of your brain known as your brainstem and activates it.
- Your brainstem then activates your immune response. This may include, depending on the severity of the invader, increased mucus production, coughing, sneezing, diarrhoea or possibly vomiting. Think of this as your “wired” first line of defence.
- This nerve system activity will also sound the alarm and stimulate the appropriate immune system cells (histamines, phagocytes, cytokine, T-cells, etc) to attack the invader. Think of this as a your “wireless” secondary cellular response.
- Your immune system cells largely work through the inflammatory response to eliminate the invader.
Chiropractic care focuses on building a healthy and optimal flow of your nervous system by removing misalignments in your spine (known as subluxations), in order for your neuroimmune system to do its job effectively. Subluxations irritate and stress your nervous system, causing distorted messages to be sent to your brain, and vice-versa to the rest of all your cells, tissues, organs, and body systems.
But wait, how do you address spinal misalignments? Is it painful?
We use chiropractic adjustments to increase joint mobilisation and alignment. An adjustment applies gentle but specific forces to improve spinal biomechanics and reduce nervous system interference.
A chiropractic adjustment should not be painful, but you may feel some slight muscle soreness after your initial adjustments as your body is learning to hold the proper alignment of your spine.
How do I start?
Never gotten your spine checked before?
Take your first step and schedule a spinal check-up with us today.