It’s September, and the season for colds and the flu is just about upon us. Many people are looking for ways to avoid getting sick this year. Hundreds of thousands are rushing to their doctor or local pharmacy to get a flu shot. Others, however, are looking at a different, holistic approach to staying well this season, and that’s visiting a chiropractor.
Why go to a chiropractor for a cold or flu bug? Because chiropractic treatment can deliver a lot more than just a session of cracking your back. In fact, correcting the subluxations in your spine can allow your body to become much more efficient at treating itself and staying healthy. Read about how chiropractic for cold and flu can be beneficial for your health, not just for helping you heal from these common bugs but to keep from getting sick in the first place.
The Common Cold
The common cold is associated with viruses that affect your sinuses, nose, throat, and larynx. You’re familiar with the symptoms—a stuffy or runny nose, watery eyes, congestion and a general feeling of lethargy. There’s no cure for the common cold in modern medicine, though we believe certain vitamins and minerals can help to reduce its duration.
Usually, treatments for a cold involve stifling symptoms while your body fights off the bug. Of course, ignoring the illness can lead to unhealthy behaviors that result in a cold evolving into something worse. Unfortunately, available drugs for a cold exist generally to sell you an artificial feeling of wellness while generating huge profits for drug companies.
The flu is an illness that comes from the influenza virus. Symptoms are like those of a cold but are much more severe, including pain in joints and muscles, nausea, fever and more. It can become serious or even life-threatening for the very young, elderly or those with immunodeficiency disorders.
There are vaccines against the flu, but these have to be taken every year, and some are less effective than others (or even completely ineffective). There are also indications that those who take the flu vaccine have a higher chance of Alzheimer’s, or that once you receive a vaccine, any year that you don’t get it, your chances of getting the flu are greater than those who have never been vaccinated.
Chiropractic for Cold and Flu
Instead of becoming dependent on guesswork treatment, like receiving a vaccine every year or ignoring symptoms until your illness hopefully goes away, why not visit a chiropractor? Chiropractors, by fixing misalignments in your spine, can increase your brain’s ability to send signals to your nervous system, improving your overall immune response. Your body is capable of fighting off many illnesses all on its own — it just needs help maintaining its natural responses to do so.
If you’d like more information on how chiropractic for cold and flu can help you, or you’d like to explore chiropractic treatment for yourself, ACT Wellness is here. Just give us a call to schedule an appointment today!