Chiropractic improves healing in cancer patients without the harmful side effects that medication and conventional therapies bring with them. As October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month we wanted to highlight the benefits of chiropractic care for those who have gone through cancer treatment and are now healing, but with a weakened immune system.
Chiropractic care focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. Proper alignment of the spine prevents stress on the nervous system, helps to reduce stress responses, and boosts the immune system overall. Spinal misalignments block signal pathways between your nervous system, organs, and immune system.
Spinal manipulation restores joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become restricted in their movement, therefore opening up signal pathways again. Without the ability of the body’s systems to communicate, the healing process will be much slower.
80% of your immune system cells reside in your small intestines so it’s no wonder chiropractic care provides relief from chronic constipation, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), irritable bowel syndrome, colic, and heartburn, for example.
The nervous system is formed of two main branches: the sympathetic and parasympathetic system. The sympathetic system sets the fight or flight energy and becomes more active when you are under stress. The parasympathetic system is what calms you down, digests your food, helps you to go to sleep and heals your body. If there is a misalignment your nervous system will not function optimally for healing.
Cancer and its treatment can weaken your body’s immune system by affecting the blood cells that protect against disease and germs. As a result, the body has trouble fighting infection.
However, chiropractic care can support healing by boosting the immune system, reducing stress, improving mobility and strength, promoting restful sleep, and helping the gastrointestinal tract support the absorption of much-needed nutrients and energy.
Whether you are healing, or want to experience better health overall, chiropractic care should play an important role in boosting your immune system.