Can Chiropractic Care Help with Flu?


A healthy immune system is the key to preventing bacterias and viruses from overpowering your body and letting it succumb to illness. The medical world is in unanimous agreement with this premise. Unfortunately, a healthy immune system does not simply come from taking pills or even nutritional supplements.  A healthy immune system is the result of having a fully and properly functioning nervous system and body. Securing a healthy immune system is vital to the body’s overall wellness. The most important method to achieve a strong immune system is to follow a comprehensive approach that involves healthy lifestyle, exercise, stress management, proper nutrition, nutritional supplementation and chiropractic care.

Influenza: What is it?

Influenza or flu is a contagious viral infection of the respiratory passages. It often brings fever,   headaches, cough, runny or stuffy nose, fatigue and severe muscle and body aches. It can cause mild to severe illness and in the worst cases, may lead to death.

Complications from influenza are common. Some of these complications resulting from flu are illnesses such as sinus, bronchitis, pneumonia, and ear infections. The worsening of chronic conditions of patients affected by flu, such as heart disease, and asthma are also common examples of complications from flu.

Flu is caused by three kinds of influenza viruses – types A, B and C.  Influenza virus types A and B are what are causing the seasonal flu outbreaks. Type A influenza viruses are found in some animals like ducks, chicken, pigs and horses while type B viruses circulate generally among humans.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 20 percent of Americans will get the flu this year.  As we approach the peak of the flu season, you should be prepared for this potentially serious illness.

Chiropractic Care for Influenza

In hundreds of research studies, chiropractic care has been determined to improve the immune system of the body without the use of drugs or surgery. People who have 100 percent healthy immune system resulting from chiropractic care especially, are generally healthier and more resistant to colds and flu compared to  the rest of the population. Chiropractic care can boost your immune system with spinal adjustment. By removing vertebral subluxations, serious interferences to your proper body functions, chiropractic care can significantly increase your natural resistance to diseases.

An elevated body temperature from fever, which is one of the common symptoms in your body when you are sick, is your body’s defense mechanism to fight off infection. The medication you take to bring this body temperature lower is actually effectively reducing your body’s defense against the illness. Other medications that are meant to suppress the symptoms in your body are likewise countering your body’s attempts to clear itself of viral and bacterial influences. Medications just tend to mask the symptoms rather than attacking the underlying cause of the illness.

The adjustment that the chiropractor performs releases the pressure on your nerves and facilitates more efficient interaction between your body’s nervous and immune systems. With a healthy immune system is your better ability and preparedness to combat and prevent the flu.

Preventing the influenza is just one of the many benefits that regular chiropractic maintenance can bring to your body. While a flu shot to a large extent may prevent flu or control its symptoms, chiropractic care is the more natural approach to fight the influenza virus. Proper nutrition, exercising, stress management and having a healthy body and mind are all important aspects of the chiropractic program and they all contribute to a positive immune system function.

This season is the right time to start boosting your immune system to fight against the coming onslaught of viruses, including influenza virus coming your way. One of the best ways to build a solid defense against flu is through chiropractic care.