We’ve heard it before - a patient calls in to cancel their chiropractic appointment because of the common cold. We suggest that chiropractic care can help get rid of your bug and improve your overall health, including your immune system. Here’s what you need to know:
HOW WE GET SICK
The way people get sick and the way people think they get sick are usually two different things. Most people think they get sick because of germs, but germs are everywhere. So, if germs are on every door handle, light switch, and elevator button, why is it that you don’t catch every bug going around the workplace?
The fact is that whether or not you get sick is dependent upon the health and activity of your immune system, not just the existence of germs. If your immune system is healthy and active, you will be better able to fight off the cold and flu. Alternatively, if your immune system is compromised and unable to fight off germs, you will lose that battle and get beat by the common cold.
COLDS AND CHIROPRACTIC CARE
If being healthy isn’t centered on avoiding germs, then what is it? An important factor is maintaining a strong immune system. When your immune system is down for the count, you are likely to catch a cold. When your body is functioning as it should, you decrease your chances of getting the latest bug. That is where chiropractic comes in. A chiropractic adjustment can give your immune system a boost. When you combine regular chiropractic care with healthy habits like a well-rounded diet, exercise, and drinking plenty of water, your chances of developing a strong immune system that can keep you healthy increase.
Another benefit of chiropractic care for your immune system is that it can increase lymphatic flow. The lymphatic system removes waste from the body. If it gets clogged up, you can imagine that moving things through the body will take longer. Think of a clogged kitchen sink - dirty water fills up and takes a long time to drain. Eventually the sink will empty, but not as efficiently as it would if there weren’t any clogs. When the lymph system is working as it should, your body can get rid of sickness quickly and efficiently.
THE BOTTOM LINE
When you get sick with a cold, chiropractic can often lessen the intensity of the symptoms you will suffer from and length of time that you suffer. We’ve heard a number of patients remark that after an adjustment, their headaches lessen, their sinuses drain, and their cough breaks up. Even when you are sick, chiropractic can boost your immune system and lymphatic flow while clearing your nervous system, allowing it to function properly. That allows your body to recover faster!
Next time you are feeling a cold coming on, don’t call and cancel your appointment. We want to help you reach optimal health. If you’d like to boost your immune system, contact us to schedule your next appointment!