Can Chiropractic Care Ward off the Cold and Flu?

This time of year, it seems like everyone is coming down with the cold and flu on a regular basis. If you are like most busy New Yorkers, you want to do anything you can to prevent coming down with a bug that will take you out of your full life for any amount of time. After all, who has the free time to get sick? People will try just about anything to prevent getting the disease of the week, but knowing what really works can pose a challenge. One thing people always ask me is “Can chiropractic care ward off the cold and flu?”

Luckily, the answer seems to be a resounding “yes” when part of an overall healthy lifestyle. According to a recent study in the Journal of Chiropractic and Manual Therapies, chiropractic adjustments have a measurably positive impact on immune system function. In fact, just a single chiropractic adjustment has been shown to enhance production of white blood cells. Since white blood cells exist to fight off invading diseases like the cold and flu, more efficient production of these cells ensures that your body is better prepared when you are exposed to whatever’s going around. You are less likely to get sick in the first place and will be able to fight off a disease faster if you are infected.

white blood cell, immune systemIn fact, chiropractic care has been shown to improve patients’ immune systems over time. When you combine holistic chiropractic care with a healthy diet and an active lifestyle, you strengthen your body’s defenses. As your immune function continues to improve, so will your overall health and well-being.

Does this mean that chiropractic care is a magic cure-all that will prevent you from ever getting the cold or flu again? Of course not. Chiropractic adjustments alone can’t fully protect you from the viruses that cause the cold and flu. They also can’t expel the disease from your body once you are already sick. What chiropractic adjustments will do is strengthen your defenses, so your chances of suffering from a terrible flu are much lower.

This flu season, you should do everything you can to avoid becoming infected. Chiropractic care is just one more way to protect your health this winter. Use chiropractic care to ward off the cold and flu and maintain an active, healthy lifestyle all flu season long.