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Immune Support

Cool weather is upon us and every day we are exposed to viruses and bacteria in the air. Pretty gross right? The change of season is a great time to support and build your immune system, through chiropractic care and nutrition. The immune system is our body’s natural defense mechanism, and there are many things you can do NOW to support it as we move in to “cold and flu season”.

Chiropractic Care:

Many of our patients have asked whether they should still get adjusted if they are sick. The answer is YES! Chiropractic care boosts your immune system!

How?? SneezeChiropractic adjustments help regulate your nervous system (brain, spinal cord, and nerves), which then regulates your immune system and inflammatory responses (1). Researchers believe that this interaction is ultimately how chiropractic care helps support your immune system. It promotes an increase in white blood cells (2), which help you fight infections, even in immunocompromised individuals (3). New research is even coming out to support chiropractic care and children’s immune systems! There are multiple case studies that have looked at chiropractic care and ear infections, tonsillitis, colds, asthma, and many other childhood illnesses (4). While research is still being done on how chiropractic can help, there is plenty of information to draw from when making a decision about chiropractic care for your (and your children’s) immune systems. Chiropractic adjustments do not treat these conditions directly; we address any spinal dysfunctions we find, and this encourages many reactions that allow your body to do what it does best. It cannot cure everything, but a little boost in your immune function is a welcome side effect to an already healthy habit. So, keep using that hand sanitizer if you like, but also get adjusted. :-)

1. Elenkob U, Wilder RL, Chrousos GP, Vizi ES. The sympathetic nerve- an integrative interface between the two supersustems: the brain and the immune system. Pharmacol Rev. 2000; 52:295-63.
2. Brennan P et. al. Enhanced phagocytic cell respiratory bursts induced by spinal manipulation: Potential Role of Substance P. J Manip. Physiolog. Ther. 1991; 14(7): 399-400. 
3. Selano JL et al. The Effects of Specific Upper Cervical Adjustments on the CD4 Counts of HIV Positive Patients. The Chiro Research Journal. 1994; 3(1).
4. International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA). http://icpa4kids.org/Chiropractic-Research/
 

Supplement Spotlight:

In addition to getting adjusted regularly, there are several supplements that we carry that can help boost your immune system.

Andrographis Complex:

A blend of Andrographis*, Echinacea, and Holy Basil, Andrographis Complex helps give your immune system the boost it needs, especially when it’s under stress. Everyone has experienced the throat tickle that comes before getting sick; it’s a sign that your immune system may need a little help. The product we carry can:

  • Help maintain healthy immune system function
  • Support healthy respiratory system function
  • Support healthy immune system response
  • Encourage adaptive response to occasional everyday stress **
* Contraindicated in pregnancy and lactation
 

Herbal Throat Spray:

The throat spray we carry uses a combination of herbs including Echinacea, sage, and marshmallow root to soothe a sore throat, and support healthy immune function. You’ll find it most helpful when you’re feeling run down or if you’ve been speaking a lot. It can also be used during the winder, in the dry Colorado air. **

** These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. 
 

Upcoming Events:

Holiday Hours: By Appointment

Veterans Day: Morning Appointments Available

Thanksgiving Week: 11/20: 9-4, 11/21: 8-12, 11/22: 10-12, 11/23: 10-1

Red Cross Certification:

Red CrossDr. Sara is certified to teach Red Cross classes, and is bringing them to the office in December! Adult and Pediatric CPR, First Aid, AED will be taught on Saturday, December 15, 2018, and Red Cross’s new Babysitters Training is scheduled for December 16, 2018. Class space is limited, so be sure to email drsara@soundbodychiropractic.com or call us to reserve your spot.

 

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