How Can Chiropractic Help With Colds and Flu?
Chiropractic doesn't "treat" cold or flu; chiropractic promotes improved body function which creates high natural resistance. Natural resistance is the only reason why your cold "goes away" rather than lasting for weeks, months or your entire lifetime!
How do chiropractors help raise your natural resistance to disease? By removing a serious interference to your proper body function: vertebral subluxations.
What Are Vertebral Subluxations? Vertebral subluxations (VS) are misaligned vertebrae in your spine that interfere with your nerves and the flow of information and energy between your brain and the rest of your body. VS lowers your natural resistance to disease by unbalancing your nervous system. You may have a subluxation and never know it.
Chiropractors Adjust Subluxations
Chiropractors perform spinal examinations to detect and locate vertebral subluxations in your body, then correct them by giving chiropractic spinal adjustments. This reduces or relieves your spinal nerve stress and helps restore optimal body functioning for higher resistance to disease, which, we cannot overstate, is the best defense against the common cold.
Taking Aspirin Or Acetaminophen May Prolong The Flu
Researchers from the University of Maryland studied 120 volunteers who had experimentally induced flu infection. They found that the duration of the illness was longer if the volunteers' fever was reduced with aspirin or acetaminophen (tylenol). Those patients stayed sick on average 3 ½ days longer than those not given the drugs to lower fever. Why? Fever is an important mechanism by which your body fights infection. By interfering with "mother nature" and artificially lowering fever, we are preventing our "inner doctor" from functioning to heal us.
So what should I do if I get a Cold or Flu?
- Get adjusted. Did you know that studies show a 200% improvement in immune system function after a chiropractic adjustment?
- Rest. All of your body's healing happens when you sleep.
- Get plenty of fluids.
- Respect your body's own ability to heal itself. All of the symptoms you are experiencing (the fever, runny nose, coughing...) are your body's own built in mechanisms for healing. Don't suppress it. Support it and let it do it's job.