How a Memphis Chiropractor Can Help Boost Patients’ Immune Systems

Chiropractic treatments have become popular in Memphis in recent years. More and more patients are starting to seek the help of a Memphis chiropractor as an alternative to getting surgery and other medical treatments for various types of chronic pain. Chiropractic, however, does not only heal pain but also improves people’s immune systems. Dr. Wendy Cunningham, D.C. writes on

The term for the interplay between the nervous system and immune system is neural immunoregulation. Improper functioning of the nerve system due to spinal misalignments are stressful to the body and cause abnormal changes that lead to a poorly coordinated immune responses. Chiropractic adjustments have been shown to boost the coordinated responses of the nervous system and immune system.

Chiropractic care was first linked to improved immunity during the deadly flu epidemic of 1917 and 1918. The funny thing was: Chiropractic patients fared better than the general population. This observation spurred a study of the field. The data reported that flu victims under chiropractic care had an estimated .25 percent death rate, a lot less than the normal rate of 5 percent among flu victims who did not receive chiropractic care.

A chiropractor in Memphis can help boost a patient’s immune system by treating subluxations, or misalignments in the spine, which compress and irritate nerve pathways. This pressure or irritation on the spinal nerves disturbs the proper functioning of the immune system, leaving the patient vulnerable to diseases.

To treat subluxations, a chiropractor performs a series of corrective adjustments. He applies force in a precise direction on the joints, eliminating the interference with the nervous system. Often, adjustments create a “popping” sound, which is caused by the gas rushing in to fill the partial vacuum when the joints are slightly separated. Not all adjustments, however, create this sound.

Chiropractors have been trained to correct subluxations accurately. People are advised not to “adjust” subluxations by themselves, as this may cause damage to their joints or spines. Instead, they can visit many chiropractic practices in the area, such as Chiropractic Memphis, to have subluxations properly treated or receive care for other ailments.

(Info from Chiropractic and the immune system,, published 18 September 2013)

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