Immune System, Pain, and Chiropractic
Pain is another stress on the body just like physical, emotional, or chemical stresses. When the body is in a state of increased stress it cannot function optimally. The immune system is just one of the places we see disruption because of pain. Pain a good thing as it protects us from further injuring ourselves but when it becomes chronic or complex can inhibit our ability to heal.
During the past two decades, an important focus of pain research has been the study of chronic pain mechanisms, particularly the processes that lead to the abnormal sensitivity - spontaneous pain and hyperalgesia - that is associated with these states. For some time it has been recognized that inflammatory mediators released from immune cells can contribute to these persistent pain states. However, it has only recently become clear that immune cell products might have a crucial role not just in inflammatory pain, but also in neuropathic pain caused by damage to peripheral nerves or to the CNS.-Nat Rev Neurosci. 2005 Jul;6(7):521-32.
Chiropractic care has been demonstrated to decrease pain and increase function, not only just neck and back pain but systemically. Chiropractic care offers an effective, safe, and conservative approach to increasing overall function plus your immune system might get that added boost it needs.
Dr. David Satterfield, Chiropractor