Many people think of chiropractors as bone doctors. In reality we are nerve doctors. Our nervous system is the switchboard for the entire body. All nerves originate from the brain. The nerves start as a bundle called the spinal cord which travels down your entire spinal column and splits off between each vertebra to the various organs of the body and reaches all the way to the ends of our fingers and toes.
Every message we send from the brain to the body and vice versa is transmitted by nerves. Thoughts, breathing, digestion, and movement are just some of these functions. One of the most important functions of the nervous system is making sure our immune systems are able to fight off whatever threatens our well-being.
When you come in contact with a bacteria or a virus, messages are immediately sent to the spleen, thymus, lymph nodes, and bone marrow to generate defensive measures against the foreign invader. The nervous system is responsible for the speed and integrity of these messages. A healthy nervous system will insure you fight off what’s plaguing you as quickly as possible and may even prevent you from feeling symptoms in the first place.
Everyone’s immune system works on different levels. Why is it that in an enclosed environment such as an office or a school, not everyone gets sick when someone has a cold? It is not always possible to stop the spread of germs, but it is possible to affect how your body reacts to those germs.
When the nervous system is running at its highest level your body will be able to protect you the way it was designed to. We are born with an innate intelligence that will help to heal us when we’re sick and help defend us when we’re healthy. Sometimes it can be tempting to work against the body’s intelligent healing capability. When you have a fever the first thing you want to do is bring it down and reduce the symptoms. Unless the fever is abnormally high, try to let the fever run its course. There is a purpose for the increased temperature. When the body temperature is above normal, the virus or bacteria is unable to replicate, which will flush it out of your system quicker, allowing you to feel better faster. New research in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology indicates that the immune system may be temporarily enhanced functionally when the body temperature rises with fever.
Our bodies’ intelligence will help us even when we are not aware that they are doing so. Chiropractic will remove interference from the nervous system and allow the most efficient communication between the brain and the body, allowing your body to work at its highest level. Call us at 561-487-7200 and we can help you build your body’s immunity. Even if you’re not experiencing symptoms currently, it’s always easier to prevent a problem than it is to fix it. Why wait until you’re sick?