Studies show that chiropractic can enhance the immune system. Dr. Kauffman in Loveland, OH is a chiropractor who has helped many people improve their health. Call our office today at (513) 444-4529 to see how we can help you.
Many people are aware that chiropractic is a simple yet effective way to relieve a number of pain conditions, but a growing body of research indicates it can also improve immunity.
In our office in Loveland, OH, we help people with both musculoskeletal pain and general health and wellness.
Previous research has shown that spinal adjustments can affect specific immune responses in both healthy participants and back pain patients. However there have been no major literature reviews of the overall effect of chiropractic on immunity. In a recent presentation at the 9th Chiropractic, Osteopathy, and Physiotherapy Annual Conference in the UK, Jack Neil of the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic evaluated the current literature on spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) and immune responses.
After examining the research up to January 2012, Neil determined that spinal adjustments are associated with a central anti-inflammatory response. Research shows that SMT may lead to a down regulating of pro-inflammatory cytokines and boost in antibodies involved in the immune response. In addition, SMT may increase the creation of tiny cells called leukocytes which support the white blood cells in fighting off a threat. SMT may also affect Natural Killer cells, interleukin-2 activity, TNF-a levels, cortisol, and b-endorphin levels.
The mechanics behind these systems are still vague, however. There is not enough research yet to be sure whether these inflammatory changes correlate with a reduction in symptoms. "Most research to date has focused on asymptomatic patients with short-term improvements. The challenge now is to clinically observe long-term health benefits in symptomatic patients," Neil concluded.
While more investigation is needed, current evidence indicates that chiropractic adjustments can produce favorable changes in the immune system. These immunological changes may show us why chiropractic can lessen inflammation and pain while supporting general health.
We have helped many patients in Loveland, OH boost their health. If you would like to discover the advantages of chiropractic care, call Kauffman Chiropractic at (513) 444-4529 for an appointment today.
Neil J. Manipulative therapy and immune response: A literature review of the chiropractic and osteopathic evidence. Clinical Chiropractic 2012; 15(3): 186.