How could a Structural Shift in your spine affect your Immune System?
One could also question how, for the last 100 years, people could say to drink fluids and rest if you have the flu.
Does fluid drown bacteria?
Does laying down cause a virus to die?
Of course not.
Clearly rest and fluids do not affect the microorganisms. They are intended to help the sick person’s body, specifically his or her immune system. This helps the body fight the microorganisms and their effect. People have found through common sense and experience that the ability to fight off microorganisms (the immune system) is improved by resting and drinking fluids.
No one had to do studies. It is a self-evident fact. (Actually when you are sick you really do not feel like doing anything else, but lying down. That is your body saying “rest”).
What we do in our practice (Structural Correction) is based upon the same logic. How important would you say the brain is to the health and function of your body? To your immune system?
By correcting Structural Shifts in your spine we clear up the communication between your brain and your body, leading to better function and a healthier you. If there is an obstruction in the nerve system, the immune system, which is intricately linked to it, will not function properly or at least not as well as it should.
If you shut down the nerve system completely (death), the immune system will not work at all. Therefore, if you interfere with its function, the immune system will work at less than 100%.
It is not necessary to do studies. Just like you do not need studies to say you need rest and fluids. It is a self-evident fact. If the nerve system works better, every system in the body works better, including the immune system. Note that we do not claim that chiropractic cures the flu, the common cold or anything else.
We simply maintain that if there is an obstruction in the nerve system, the immune system will not work as well as it should and if that interference is removed, the immune system will work better.
How much better? Well, we do not know. But then we really do not know how much benefit fluid and rest are for the immune system. All these individually or together could be the difference between getting well from the flu or not.
The point is that we just do not know. There are a lot of things about health, the human body, proper function and human potential that we do not know. In fact, there is probably more we do not know than what we do know.
The same way people knew that rest and fluids help people fight the flu. We know based on logic, common sense and self-evident facts that clearing up the communication between your brain and your body will lead to better function and a healthier you, enable the immune system and every other system in the body, for that matter, to work better.
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