In a recent presentation at the 9th Chiropractic, Osteopathy, and Physiotherapy Annual Conference in the UK, Jack Neil of the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic analyzed the current literature on spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) and immune responses.
After reviewing the research up to January 2012, Neil confirmed that spinal adjustments are linked to a central anti-inflammatory response. Research suggests that chiropractic adjustments may lead to the regulating of pro-inflammatory cytokines and a boost in antibodies that are linked to the immune response. Additionally, spinal manipulation may increase the creation of tiny cells called leukocytes which support the white blood cells in fighting off a threat. Chiropractic adjustments may also affect Natural Killer cells, interleukin-2 activity, TNF-a levels, cortisol, and b-endorphin levels.
While more research is required, current evidence suggests that chiropractic adjustments can result in positive changes in the immune system. These immunological changes may show us why chiropractic can decrease inflammation and pain while promoting overall wellness.
The nerve system plays a pivotal role in chiropractic theory and practice. The concepts forming the cornerstones of chiropractic, namely the “subluxation” and the “adjustment” have continually emphasized this point. Chiropractic has long held that subluxations can produce disorders of internal organs and spinal manipulation can ameliorate and/or alleviate these disorders via their effects on the nerve system.’
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