We've known for decades that chiropractic is a great way to treat musculoskeletal pain. Now researchers are starting to investigate the other ways that chiropractic can improve general health. A recent study found that chiropractic can boost the function of the immune system, even in patients without pain.
Researchers from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College investigated the effect of chiropractic on interleukin-2, a protein that controls immune responses. They examined 74 test subjects with no current pain symptoms. The subjects were randomly assigned to three treatment groups to receive either a control treatment or two types of chiropractic adjustments. All treatments were administered on a single day, and blood samples were collected before each treatment, 20 minutes and two hours after treatment.
The blood samples were compared to see if there was any increase in the levels of certain antibodies: induced immunoglobin G (IgG) and immunoglobin M (IgM). These two antibodies generally appear in the blood in response to an infection, and they are powerful parts of the immune system.
The researchers found that subjects treated with chiropractic had significantly increased levels of IgG and IgM within 20 minutes after the session. After two hours, these patients had significantly elevated IgM levels compared to baseline and the control group. These findings suggest that chiropractic can have what they call a "priming" effect on the body's immune response, possibly resulting in faster response to new infections. This research provides compelling evidence that chiropractic may affect the functioning of the body's immune system and assist in improving overall health.
Teodorczyk-Injeyan JA, McGregor M, Ruegg R, Injeyan HS. Interleukin 2-regulated in vitro antibody production following a single spinal manipulative treatment in normal subjects. Chiropractic & Osteopathy 2010, 18:26
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Chiropractic Boosts Immunity
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