The cold and flu season is upon us once again. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on average 5% to 20% of the population gets the flu and more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from seasonal flu-related complications. Seasonal influenza, commonly called the flu, is caused by influenza viruses, which infect the respiratory tract (i.e., the nose, throat, lungs). Unlike many other viral respiratory infections, such as the common cold, the flu can cause severe illness and life-threatening complications in many people. Are you ready for the cold and flu season?
The healthcare community is in unanimous agreement that the secret to fighting colds and the flu is a healthy immune system. Unfortunately, you cannot buy a healthy immune system or pop a pill to have a healthy immune system. A healthy immune system comes about as a result of having a properly functioning nervous system and body.
Chiropractic can give your immune system a boost through spinal adjustments. Let me give you the facts and a recent study about chiropractic and the flu: A study shown in the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research in 1997 showed chiropractic care to be effective in treating the cold and flu. Over 2,800 individuals received regular chiropractic care and the result was an average 15% decrease in the incidence of colds and the flu.
According to the World Chiropractic Alliance, an international organization representing doctors of chiropractic, spinal adjustments can help your immune system function better. A Chiropractic adjustment corrects what are called vertebral subluxations which can cause interference of the nervous system and prevent the body from functioning as it should. When an adjustment is performed, it releases pressure on the nerves and allows more efficient interaction between your body’s nervous system and immune system. When your immune system is healthy it is better prepared to prevent or combat a cold or the flu.
Regular chiropractic care is beneficial to the body and preventing a cold and the flu is just one of the many positive side effects of regular chiropractic maintenance. Do you really need a flu shot? Or could great flu-fighting benefits accrue from taking a healthier and more natural approach to fighting the flu? And of course eating right, exercising, and having a healthy body are all important issues in combating the flu as well.
by Dr. Cherron J. Jenkins, DC