This study was designed to measure the effect that a Chiropractic adjustment has on the immune system. Blood was taken from each of the patients 15 minutes before and 15 minutes after the adjustment. These results were compared to patient’s blood test who received a sham (pretend) adjustment. The immune response from subjects who received the adjustment was significantly higher after than before treatment, and significantly higher than the response from the sham subjects.
WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM THIS?
Patients who come in with colds, sore throats, sinus congestion and stomach viruses often remark that their recovery seems to be accelerated by the chiropractic adjustment. Recent scientific developments now lend support to the idea that Chiropractic correction of the subluxation (spinal problem) can aid the immune responses of the body by reducing nerve interference. This is one of the most exciting areas of chiropractic. More and more research is pointing to an immune system enhancement effect of the spinal adjustment.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO YOU?
Well, most people would read this and say, “If I feel sick, I better go get adjusted”. Others would say, “I should stay well-adjusted with chiropractic to prevent sickness in the first place”. And the wisest of all would say, “I need to get my whole family under chiropractic wellness care if that’s what it can do for the immune system!” … which type of person are you?
SOURCE: Enhanced Phagocytic Cell respiratory Burst Induced by Spinal Manipulation. JMPT 1991:14:399-408.