Chiropractic and the Immune System

"The Power That Made the Body Heals the Body"


Researchers have known for years that there is a critical link between the body’s central nervous system and the immune system. In fact, research conducted during the 1918 flu epidemic found the rate of chiropractic patients who contracted the flu was less than half that of non-chiropractic patients.  It was chiropractic’s success in caring for flu victims that led to the profession’s licensure in many states. 

The immune system is a complex network of organs, cells, and tissues that help protect you against microscopic invaders. What we now know is that the alignment of your spinal column has a direct immune system effect through the nerve supply it provides to these important immune system organs.

One of the most important studies to probe this link was conducted by Ronald Pero, Ph.D., chief of cancer prevention research at New York’s Preventive Medicine Institute and professor of medicine at New York University. It showed the positive effect that chiropractic care can have on the immune system and general health.

  Dr. Pero measured the immune systems of people under chiropractic care as compared to those in the general population and those with cancer and other serious diseases. His initial three-year study was of 107 individuals who had been under chiropractic care for five years or more. The chiropractic patients were found to have a 200% greater immune competence than those people who had not received chiropractic care, and they had 400% greater immune competence than those people with cancer and other serious diseases. The immune system superiority of those under chiropractic care did not appear to diminish with age. Dr. Pero stated

“When applied in a clinical framework, I have never seen a group other than this chiropractic group to experience a 200% increase over the normal patients. This is why it is so dramatically important. We have never seen such a positive improvement in a group…”

  The chiropractic immunology connection was strengthened in 1991 when Patricia Brennan, Ph.D., leading a team of researchers, conducted a study that found improved immune response in her test subjects following chiropractic treatment. The study specifically demonstrated the “phagocytic respiratory burst of polymorphonuclear neutrophils (PMN) and monocytes were enhanced in adults that had been adjusted by chiropractors.”

  So, through chiropractic care, the function of the phagocytes, the white-blood cells that go on the search and destroy missions for the body, the ones that engulf and destroy bad cells, is enhanced.

  The best way to fight off illness this cold and flu season is PREVENTION. The research is in. Chiropractic care is an effective means of strengthening your body’s defenses NATURALLY.