Can Chiropractic Care Help Manage Autoimmune Disease?
Chiropractic care is the go-to solution for general aches, pains, and other holistic health benefits. This is because chiropractic treatment focuses on boosting the body’s own healing potential. With the nervous system being the base for all necessary function, focusing on the health and alignment of the spine can have some major benefits for all areas of your health. When the spinal cord and nerve roots are in balance, it helps support the body to reach its full potential.
A Body Out of Balance
Homeostasis is a state of balance within the body that optimizes our ability to live free of unnecessary suffering and disease. When the body is in balance, you can generally expect good health, a stronger immune system, better mental health, and more. Human life and function is a complicated system, to say the least. With millions of cellular processes and tasks being coordinated at any given moment, imbalance can occur at a lot of different levels. Some common issues include hormone imbalance, poor genetic expression, and altered nerve signals.
When an imbalance occurs, it can manifest as disease in many different ways within the body, including autoimmune disease.
Finding Balance with Chiropractic Care
Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) is an expert oriented elite approach that offers a unique holistic solution for restoring balance within the body. This research oriented approach focuses on techniques that improve spine alignment and nerve energy. This allows the body to better heal or manage any health issues it may face.
Autoimmune disease is just one of the health issues that a holistic care approach can help manage. The stress this disease puts on the body can lead to a poor quality of life and be a trigger for even further health issues. Thus, optimizing the body’s overall function can have some major benefits.
Autoimmune Disease: What is It?
The immune system is an amazing system that detects and attacks foreign invaders that your body comes in contact with, such as bacteria, viruses, and cancer cells. This helps keep you as healthy as possible and prevents unnecessary illness. Having a strong immune system is important for feeling your absolute best.
Unfortunately, in some people the system can become overactive. When this happens, it leads to the body attacking its own tissues, cells, and/or organs. This takes a major toll on your body, putting it in an inflammatory state that is completely out of balance. Suddenly, the body needs to use all of its energy reserves to protect itself from overactive immunity cells.
Types of Autoimmune Disease
There are multiple diseases under the “autoimmune disease” umbrella that are caused by an overactive immune system. Which disease is present ultimately depends on what area of the body is being attacked. No matter which disease, some common symptoms include extreme fatigue, fever, swollen joints, chronic inflammation, skin problems, bowel issues, abdominal pain. Additionally, more specific symptoms may be present with each disease.
The most common autoimmune diseases are:
- Multiple sclerosis
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Type 1 Diabetes
- Guillain-Barre Syndrome
Holistic Options for Autoimmune Disease Management
While there is no cure for autoimmune disease, there are many treatment options and lifestyle factors that can improve your quality of life and general health. Often, the top recommendation for disease management is medication for reducing pain and inflammation. Unfortunately, these medications do not provide a cure (although sometimes they can minimize tissue damage) and often come with some bad side effects.
Luckily, research has shown that holistic health care can help manage symptoms naturally. Some results have even shown evidence of illness reversal. Current recommended holistic treatment options include:
- Stress management to boost overall health, such as meditation, yoga, deep breathing, relaxation, and massage.
- Having a consistent exercise routine.
- Eating nutrient dense meals focused on whole foods over processed foods.
- Reducing toxin exposure in your home environment, such as cleaning supplies, toiletries, water supply, and more.
- Reducing common inflammatory foods from the diet, such as dairy, gluten, caffeine, sugar, grains, and alcohol.
- Chiropractic care to optimize nervous system function through spine alignment.
- Eastern medicine techniques such as acupuncture and reflexology.
Spine Alignment and Your Immunity
The nervous system plays a central role in immune system function. In fact, neural pathways are used to regulate hormone expression and cellular function for optimizing immunity. Proper nerve signals get disrupted when the spine is out of alignment, leading to less than optimal immune system modulation.
Poor spine alignment is a common root issue that can compromise your health without realizing it. Spine misalignment leads to poor nerve flow and affects the body’s ability to stay in balance. With the help of a CBP provider, you can restore your spine alignment and boost nerve energy. This gives the body more energy and resources for managing any disease.
Find a CBP Provider to Help Manage Your Health
A CBP practitioner can help you maximize your quality of life and overall health. Dr. Cynthia Boy and her entire team at Symmetry Health Center are dedicated to holistically managing your health. Get in touch with their offices in Alameda or Oakland, CA to see what treatment options are possible for you.