Healthy Beginnings

Use chiropractic techniques to fix your nervous system

One way to improve your immune system is to have a chiropractor work on your body to get rid of nerve irritations or pinched nerves. Photo: Shutterstock

Well, it’s that time of the year, when your immune system is kicking into overdrive.

The weather is changing, which taxes the body. Daily stress from work, school and life affects you, what you eat, and how your nervous system functions — and all affect the performance of your immune system.

“In a discovery that demonstrates a clear link between the mind and body at a molecular level, scientists have shown that a chemical signal which normally allows nerve cells to communicate with each other — to alter sleep cycles, for example — can also re-direct actions of the immune system,” authors wrote in a 1992 study published in the National Library of Medicine. “Nerve cell endings in the skin and white blood cells of the immune system are in intimate contact, and chemicals secreted by the nerves can shut down immune system cells nearby.”

Basically what they were saying is that your nervous system has a direct effect on the immune system, due to the nerve supply to the important immune system organs and the communication between the brain and the rest of the body and other organs.

In terms of chiropractic care, Ronald Pero, Ph.D., chief of cancer prevention research at New York’s Preventive Medicine Institute and professor of medicine at New York University, performed one of the most important studies back in 1989, showing the positive effect chiropractic care can have on the immune system and general health.

Dr. Pero measured the immune systems of people under chiropractic care as compared to those in the general population and those with cancer and other serious diseases.

In his initial three-year study of 107 individuals who had been under chiropractic care for five years or more — results of which were published in the August 1989 edition of “The Chiropractic Journal” — chiropractic patients were found to have a 200 percent greater immune competence than people who had not received chiropractic care, and 400 percent greater immune competence than people with cancer and other serious diseases.

The immune system superiority of those under chiropractic care did not diminish with age.

According to the journal, Dr. Pero stated: “When applied in a clinical framework, I have never seen a group other than this chiropractic group to experience a 200% increase over the normal patients. This is why it is so dramatically important. We have never seen such a positive improvement in a group.”

Another important study was performed at the Sid E. Williams Research Center of Life Chiropractic University, according to a 1994 article published in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine.

The researchers took a group of HIV positive patients and adjusted them over a six-month period. What they found was the, “patients that were adjusted had an increase of forty-eight percent (48%) in the CD4 cells (an important immune system component).”

These measurements were taken at the patients’ independent medical center, where they were under medical supervision for the condition. The control group (the patients who were not adjusted) did not demonstrate this dramatic increase in immune function, but actually experienced a 7.96 percent decrease in CD4 cell counts over the same period.

When we read the results of that study, we were shocked that we hadn’t heard about it earlier, that it didn’t make the headline news or was on the front page of every newspaper. Those are very impressive results with important implications!

So, as we can see from the studies mentioned above, one very important and overlooked way to beef up your immune system is to get your nervous system checked for nerve irritations or blocks (subluxations), and then get those irritations removed by a chiropractor.

Doing this keeps your nervous system communication functioning properly, which will give you better overall health.

This year, do something nice for your immune system and get rid of those pinched, irritated nerves; eat better; decrease your stress; and, of course, stay healthy.

Dr. Tony C. Jensen is a Reno-based chiropractor who is board certified in the state of Nevada. Visit www.aetchiropractic.com to learn more.