Chiropractic and the Common Cold

So you’ve got a cold, and you’ve upped your fluid intake, are getting plenty of rest, and are taking over the counter medications for relief, but have you ever considered a visit to your chiropractor? The efficacy of chiropractic for improving musculoskeletal complaints is well documented, and many people swear by its healing powers for many aspects of wellness. What you might not know about, however, is its usefulness in combating the cold and flu viruses that plague us each winter. Is chiropractic the cure for the common cold? While we wouldn’t go that far, it definitely has the potential for improving your resistance to, and recovery from, this and other nasty, inconvenient, and all too common ailments.  

How can spinal adjustment have an impact on your respiratory system? The fact is, regular chiropractic care helps keep your body in alignment, allowing all your systems to function more efficiently. The lymphatic system, your body’s drainage system, plays a big role in helping you fight off illness because its network of ducts and lymph nodes work to rid the body of bacteria and viruses.  Because some of your lymph nodes are located in your neck and along your spine, they can become blocked or congested when you’re out of alignment, and that can hamper their ability to protect you from illness. A chiropractic adjustment alleviates the pressure on your lymphatic system, allowing them to work effectively to fight the cold, flu, and other invaders. You can also give your lymphatic system a boost by having periodic lymphatic massages, drinking plenty of fluids, avoiding the toxins found in tobacco, alcohol, and processed foods, and getting plenty of sleep.

Of course, the absolute best things you can do during cold and flu season is to stay healthy, stay warm and comfortable. A way of doing so which is cost effective and energy efficient is by having double hung vinyl replacement windows installed. Not only will this update the look of your home, but more importantly, this prevents heat from escaping and cold air entering- minimizing the need to adjust the heating. Of course, if you do find that your HVAC gives up on you and breaks then get it fixed ASAP because you don’t want to get even sicker and for your cold to turn into anything more serious. There are many ways of finding a good repairman for it but the easiest is just to search online for anyone in your local area that can do it (E.g. raleigh hvac service).
Fortunately, chiropractic can help with helping you become even more comfortable too! Chiropractic adjustment has been proven to boost immunity, and while that kind of thing is hard to quantify, consider this: in one study of cancer patients, those who underwent chiropractic adjustments had immune systems 200-400% stronger than those who did not.

Whether you’re fighting the common cold, or just looking for ways to live a healthier lifestyle, our clinic can help. Embracing a holistic approach to healthcare, we offer chiropractic and other natural therapies, creating personalized plans for our patients that help them find their own paths to optimal wellness. For your free consultation, call us today.

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