How Chiropractic Care Can Prevent The Common Cold And Flu


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As the leaves begin to fall and the air grows more brisk, all signs indicate that the cold winter months are coming right around the corner, along with the dreaded cold and flu season. Yes, it is nearly that wonderful time of year again when sneezes become just as abundant as holiday decorations and shopping sales. If you are like...

As the leaves begin to fall and the air grows more brisk, all signs indicate that the cold winter months are coming right around the corner, along with the dreaded cold and flu season. Yes, it is nearly that wonderful time of year again when sneezes become just as abundant as holiday decorations and shopping sales. If you are like the millions of others who are prone to catching a cold or flu each season, right now is an excellent time to start arming your immune system to fight against the onslaught of viruses coming your way. Instead of clogging the pharmacy aisles in search of over-the-counter medications, there are plenty of natural remedies that will prepare your health for battle. One of the best ways to build a solid defense system to naturally fight pesky cold bugs is through the healing powers of chiropractic care.

What is Chiropractic Care?

Chiropractic care is a medical field that focuses on treating disorders within the nervous and musculoskeletal system. Often referred to as “Doctors of the Nervous System,” chiropractors specialize in helping alleviate pain in the back, neck, joints, arms, legs, and head through a purely hands-on approach. Without the assistance of drugs, chiropractors perform a spinal alignment or adjustment by manually applying controlled force onto the targeted joints and tissues to improve functioning. Despite popular belief, chiropractic alignments are normally not a source of discomfort for patients and any mild soreness following the treatment is quickly fleeting in hours. The manipulations are effective at restoring mobility, alleviating discomfort or pain, reducing muscle tension, and enabling the tissues to heal properly.

However, chiropractic care is more than treating a specific ailment; it is about helping patients achieve the highest possible level of care for mind, body, and spirit. With their holistic training and experiences, these specialized doctors are able to educate patients on all-natural methods to improve overall wellness for a broad range of health topics. Chiropractors can provide nutritional guidance to create a more healthy diet, full of all the nutrition-packed foods that will support your system through the winter. Since getting enough shut eye is imperative to staying cold-free, chiropractors can also inform you of excellent tips to maintain proper sleeping habits. Depending on their specialties, they may also be able to provide more information on how to effectively reduce your stress levels through guided imagery or meditation too.

How Chiropractic Care Helps Fight Colds

Although chiropractic care is often used as a means to reduce pain or discomfort in various regions of the body, it is also intended to keep the spine aligned appropriately. When the spine is adjusted into a proper position, the nerves housed in the human nervous system will benefit from dramatic boosts in functioning. Since the fragile network of tiny signals can easily be scrambled, it is vital that the back is aligned to remove any subluxations and improve the effectiveness of the spine sending messages to the brain. Therefore, when your nervous system is well-supported, your entire body will be strengthened to take on the war against the common cold.

A recent study that was published in the Chiropractic and Manual Therapies journal, researchers discovered that chiropractic care may have an even stronger positive impact than previously hypothesized. The study found that participants who received just one single chiropractic spinal alignment experienced significant improvements in immune system functioning. After the very first manipulation, the participants’ production and overall count of white blood cells increased. Since these specialized cells are responsible for fighting off all the viruses and creepy crawlies our immune system encounters on a daily basis, this is statistically significant support that chiropractic care can help fend off a cold.

Significant evidence has also demonstrated that upper cervical neck adjustments during chiropractic care can also help chronic sinus infection sufferers who experience a flare-up multiple times a year. Excess tension in the neck interferes with the nervous system’s natural ability to communicate with the sinus passages. As a result, there is a buildup of pressure in the sinuses and a decreased outlet for the fluids to drain from the cavity. With the fluids stagnating in your sinuses, it creates the ideal breeding ground for the bacteria that cause sinus infections. Although antibiotics will help to kill the bacteria, the remaining fluid in the sinuses will cause the problem to keep reoccurring. Upper cervical neck alignments ensure that the tension is properly relived on your brain stem, thus enabling the sinus passages to naturally clear. Many patients with a sinus infection will feel their sinuses begin to drain within five to ten minutes.

Although the medical research and science supports the claim that chiropractic care boosts the functioning of the immune system, the best evidence comes from patients who have experienced this phenomenon for themselves. After being aligned, it is very common for chiropractic patients who are feeling under the weather to report feeling a clear decrease in their symptoms. Patients often notice reduced sinus pressure, headaches, nasal drainage or runny nose, sore throat, body muscle aches, and even overall fatigue or malaise. In addition, patients who maintain routine chiropractic treatments also tend to become ill less often and experience less severe symptoms than those who do not receive the care.

If making it through the winter season without missing days at work or school and scheduling expensive trips to see your physician sounds appealing, start taking charge of your health by consulting with a trained chiropractic team. While there is no silver bullet to treating all common colds, receiving chiropractic care is proven to be an effective way to support the immune system and minimize the risk of catching the viruses in the first place. So, along with preparing your home and vehicle for the long winter ahead, be sure to keep your health in mind by making a visit to your local chiropractor to have a cold-free season!

CureJoy Editorial

The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

CureJoy Editorial

The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

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VictoriaRunda 5pts

I've very curious about the apparent link between chiropractic care and the common cold. If this proves to be more then just a correlation, I would imagine that chiropractors would get even more clients coming their way. Colds can be annoying enough that I would probably go into a chiropractor myself just to not have to go through it. http://www.bwtotalhealth.com 

correysmith321 5pts

Oh wow, that's really interesting to know how a chiropractor would be able to help a patient out with their cold. That to me is quite fascinating to know since I've always thought they help those who have sore and injured muscles. Well, do chiropractors go over the same technique with someone that has a cold? http://accident-chiropractic.com/locations/phoenix.html 

emilysmith47876 5pts

I had no idea that chiropractic care could prevent the common cold and the flu. That is really good to know. Thank you for explaining how chiropractic care does this. It makes sense that if your spine is aligned correctly, it allows nerves and other essential things in your body to work at optimum efficiency thus preventing illness. 


lillysedrick 5pts

I never would have thought that chiropractic care could help treat a common cold. That is definitely something that I have never heard of before. However, chiropractic care is something that can have a positive impact on your over all health. It looks like I am going to have to start taking better care of my back, neck and spine.


JamesDefranco 5pts

That's crazy that something like a chiropractor can prevent just the common cold! My back has been killing me lately and I've been looking into either a massage therapist or chiropractor. Being sick has also been a nasty bonus of a bad back, hopefully a chiropractor can help me out! http://www.maukmedical.com 

James Lisbon
James Lisbon 5pts

It caught my attention to read that there is a correlation between chiropractic care and the immune system function.   If it can help people feel better and get over illness, then I can see how it could be a good thing.   However, it would probably be something that would depend on personal situation and circumstances. http://synergyhealthmanagement.com/chiropractic/ 

Pyrrho 5pts

Joy, I had no idea that upper cervical neck adjustments could help chronic sinus infection sufferers. My mother has been suffering for years, and doesn't know what to do about it. I might have to send her to a chiropractor to see if this works. http://www.unionchiropractornj.com 

Jeffybridge 5pts

It is very interesting that there are actual studies that suggest chiropractic care can help prevent a cold. I always thought that it was only for people who have a hard time dealing with join pain. It sounds like there are a lot more uses than just pain from chiropractic care. I'll have to look more into it and consider it for myself.


MarcusFillion 5pts

I never would have thought of a chiropractor to help with the cold, but it makes sense. The more your body is aligned, the healthier you'll be. Maybe I should start seeing a chiropractor regularly along with a doctor. http://www.gillettechiro.com/About_Us.html

Gary Puntman
Gary Puntman 5pts

I had no idea chiropractic care could prevent colds and the flu.  It's amazing that there are so many different benefits from chiropractic care.  It sounds like I will have to visit my chiropractor soon. http://www.rockwoodchiropractic.com

FelicitySandy 5pts

That is actually amazing to better understand how chiropractic care will help align your spine to help fight off colds in the fighting cold section. So those signals with your spine can get scrambled and allow someone to be more susceptible to a cold? It's astoundingly interesting that your immune system is affected by your spine and your nervous system. I could see how my brother might have been affected by colds more often with having a bad back. I'll show him this article to show him he should see a chiropractor. 


SkyJensen 5pts

Joy, this so cool. I had no idea that chiropractor could do something like this. This so cool that the common cold, this is a really a awesome thing that could help a lot of people. It seems this next flu season I should go to the chiropractor's office.  http://www.bwtotalhealth.com

MaryJanePrincton 5pts

I have never thought about how chiropractic care could help prevent colds and the flu. It is amazing how connected the body is. You really have to make sure that every part of your body is in good condition. By doing this you can insure better general health. It is amazing how much chiropractors can do.


JaxWillis23 5pts

I've never heard of chiropractic work having affects on illnesses like this. I think that it would definitely be helpful to look into these ideas. My brother has been getting chiropractic work done since high school, and he loves it. Every time I've complained about back or neck pan, he's told me to go see a chiropractor. It could be worth it to go, especially if it could keep me from having colds.


kelseyhiggins 5pts

I had no idea that visiting a chiropractor could help to prevent colds and the flu! My husband frequently goes to a chiropractor for muscle pain relief and he never seems to catch the flu. Maybe that is the reason why. If it is, I will definitely have to start visiting a chiropractor myself! http://www.lamesawellness.com 

geraldvonberger 5pts

It's very interesting that chiropractic treatment can help with sicknesses like the cold. I tend to get constantly sick during the winter months. I wonder if chiropractics would help me to get over the cold (or whatever I get during the winter). From what the article says, it sounds like it would be worth a try. http://www.oremchiropractor.com

Rose Nickelson
Rose Nickelson 5pts

Wow, this is so cool. I had no idea that going to a chiropractor could help improve your immune system. I have several friends you have a terrible immune system, they are always sick with something. Perhaps if they start going to visit a chiropractor their immune systems might improve and they won't be sick all the time. Do you know how often someone would have go to the chiropractor to get their immune systems a boost?


MarcusFillion 5pts

I never would have thought chiropractors could help with a cold, but it actually makes a lot of sense when you put it like that. My entire head feels clogged when I get the flu in the winter. Anything to relieve the tension is worth it to me.  http://www.yaegerchiropractic.com

TyroneBobbyJoeHill 5pts

I'll admit, when I read the title of this article I was a little bit skeptical. I always associated chiropractors with joint pain and similar problems like that, but not the common cold. You definitely make an interesting point with the neck joints and their relation to sinuses, though. It makes a lot of sense. Who knew chiropractors could do so much? Thank goodness there's so many of them out there! http://www.anchoragechiropractoronline.com

rbenson1 5pts

I have never heard that chiropractic care can help to reduce colds and the flu.  It makes sense that chiropractic treatments can help to relieve pain but I didn't know that these treatments can actually increase your white blood cells.  I would like to see some more research on this topic.   <a href='http://www.drgrandiziochiro.com' >http://www.drgrandiziochiro.com</a>

garybirtles14 5pts

I've always heard that personal wellness has to do with the entire body. If one thing is out of whack, the chances are higher for something else to go wrong. I can definitely see why this is the case when it comes to chiropractors and colds. Everything in the body depends on another part of the body to do a job. <a href='http://www.irelandclinic.com' >http://www.irelandclinic.com</a>

JaxWillis23 5pts

I've heard of chiropractic work helping people with back or neck pain before, but I've never heard of this. If this work could help with things like the flu and the cold, then it would be a much more important thing to look into. I know that I would be more willing to consider it if these things were proven.


JamesSimon1 5pts

I think that the chiropractic field is a great place to work. The field is constantly developing. Just about everyone I know is always wanting a back massage, probably because most of them have desk jobs. That kind of stress usually puts undue pressure on your back, which can be very harmful in the long term.


AshleyReed 5pts

I didn't know that there were so many benefits to chiropractor care. I was thinking about going in and getting my back checked, it's been causing me issues lately. It's hard to get through work all day on my feet when my back is hurting. Thanks for all the great information, I'll have to find a chiropractor in my area. http://www.backtohealthpc.com 

eugened314 5pts

Wait a minute, are you pulling my leg? I have never heard anything about chiropractic care preventing colds. I suppose it is possible that aligning your back can give your immune system a boost. Next year, I am going to put this theory to the test. At the beginning of every winter, I come down with a terrible cold, and I am willing to try anything to avoid it.


sfreddson2156 5pts

I had no idea that chiropractic care could prevent the common cold! It's amazing how the body works. My uncle is a chiropractor and he swears by regular chiropractic treatments. He gets treatments from his co-workers on a regular basis. Thanks for breaking down the benefits! http://www.rockwoodchiropractic.com

bryanflake1984 5pts

If what this article asserts is true, then maybe chiropractic care could negate the need for flu shots each year.  I for one, have an aversion to needles.  This has gotten me thinking quite seriously about my health.  Who has a chiropractor that they can refer me to, so that I can bounce some questions off of?

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daveyhiltz 5pts

I didn't know that you could fight the common cold my simply getting an adjustment. Then again, I'm a big fan of holistic approaches to health. I wish more people would be smarter about that and try to find alternatives to drugs and other medications. I was a victim once of substance abuse, but I'm not much more in line with my bodies needs.


JaydenEden 5pts

I didn't think there was any correlation between chiropractor care and the common cold. I guess it can help the sinuses by relieving pressure and pain elsewhere in your body. What else helps cure the common cold?
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