Chiropractic, the immune system & the nervous system

The relationship between chiropractic, the immune system and the nervous system has been discussed for hundreds of years. Now the latest research shows they are even more closely linked than previously thought.

Regular chiropractic treatment helps maintain a strong and healthy immune system with chiropractic patients having 200% greater immune competence over a five year period than those not under chiropractic care.

Our immune systems defend our bodies against invaders. They are one of our strongest lines of defence. For the system to perform well, it requires balance and harmony, something regular chiropractic helps it achieve. It does this by keeping the body’s paths clear and free of any blockages.

As chiropractors, we work on the joints of the spine to remove subluxations (joints that aren’t functioning or moving in the way they’re designed to.) These subluxations of the spine can affect the way the nerves exiting from the spine work.  When the nerves are affected the messages they send to and from the body and brain becomes altered.

The nerves help coordinate the body’s response to an infection so if they are sending the wrong messages, the body is less effective at combating the infection.

Recently, a hospital in Toronto found the nervous system played a role much larger than previously known in a better functioning immune system.  The nerves are thought to send danger warnings of not only where the infection is but also whether the infection is caused by a virus or bacteria, the type of bacteria present or the nature of the auto-immune reaction.

So one of the ways to have a better immune system, is to have a better nervous system – something regular chiropractic treatment will help you achieve.

Dr. Pero, a professor of medicine at New York University, compared the immune systems of those under Chiropractic care, the general population, and those with cancer or other serious diseases over a 3 year period. He found that the Chiropractic patients, who had received care for over 5 years, have a 200% greater immune competence than those who did not have Chiropractic, and 400% greater than those with cancer and other serious diseases. He also noted that the greater immune system response of those under Chiropractic care did not diminish with age.

It’s been known for years and the research is starting to back it up, Chiropractic has in its long list of benefits improved immune response.

Other ways to boost your immune system:

  • A super, healthy balanced diet
  • Regular intensive exercise
  • Plenty of sleep
  • Keep stress levels low
  • Don’t smoke or binge drink

At Putney Chiro, we’re devoted to the promotion of health, wellbeing and restoring the body’s normal function and can help you  find the right strategy to achieve this is all aspects of your life. To find out more call us today on 020 8003 4978 or to find your local UCA Chiropractor visit

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R. Pero: Medical Researcher Excited by CBSRF Project Results. The Chiropractic Journal, 1989; 32
E. G. Phimister, B. E. Steinberg, K. J. Tracey, A. S. Slutsky: Bacteria and the Neural Code. New England Journal of Medicine, 2014; 371 (22)