Aligned for Immunity: How Chiropractic Care Boosts Your Body's Defenses

Aligned for Immunity: How Chiropractic Care Boosts Your Body's Defenses

Most people think of chiropractic care as only spinal adjustments to relieve back and neck pain and associated spinal cord injuries and diseases. However, chiropractic care is so much more. Focusing on the body’s amazing ability to heal itself when given the right circumstances, chiropractic care has earned a reputable standing as a drug-free alternative to medical care. Chiropractors use spinal manipulation and other techniques to properly align the body's musculoskeletal structure, particularly the spine. This enables the body to heal itself without surgery or medication.

Founded in 1895 by DD Palmer, chiropractic care has faced an uphill battle to be recognized as a valid form of medical care, medical care without drugs.

The failed attempt to discredit chiropractic care: The Committee on Quackery

As recently as 1963, the American Medical Association attempted to undermine the validity of chiropractors by establishing the Committee on Quackery, attempting the “containment of the chiropractic profession” that “will result in the decline of chiropractic”. Joseph Sabatier, chairman of the Committee on Quackery, said that “rabid dogs and chiropractors fit into about the same category…. Chiropractors were nice but they killed people.”

An 11-year battle to discredit chiropractic care ensued, in which media, news personalities, and even television scripts were enlisted to discredit chiropractors. In the end, however, the AMA settled three lawsuits by relaxing its position on the referral of patients to chiropractors by medical doctors.

In 1987 the tides turned when a court decision found the AMA and its defendants guilty of the AMA’s intent “to destroy a competitor”. (1)

Healing From Within

The Connection Between Chiropractic Care and Immune System Function

“Your immune system is your body's defense mechanism, working tirelessly to keep you healthy and thriving. Its primary function is to shield you from harmful pathogens and prevent illness. When your immune system is functioning optimally, you hardly notice its presence. However, when it falters, you become vulnerable to sickness and disease.

Comprised of proteins, tissues, organs, and white blood cells, your immune system is a complex network that works harmoniously to maintain your overall well-being. Its responsibilities include preventing disease, fighting infections, and facilitating recovery from injuries. A compromised immune system can lead to various issues, such as allergies, asthma, diabetes, seasonal colds, flu, and even certain types of cancer.

Notably, stress can significantly impact the performance of immune system cells. This highlights the importance of regular chiropractic care, which can boost your immune system and promote overall health.

The intricate relationship between your nervous system and immune system is crucial for optimal body function. Both systems communicate through hormones and messenger molecules, enabling your body to respond to internal and external stimuli. Your nervous system transmits information from your body to your brain, influencing immune system receptors. Conversely, your immune system sends signals to your brain, alerting it to foreign antigens and triggering an appropriate response.

Research has shown that chiropractic adjustments can increase antibody levels, enhancing immune system function. Many individuals have reported faster recovery from viruses, colds, sore throats, sinus congestion, and other symptoms after receiving adjustments. (2,3)

Remember, a healthy immune system is vital for your overall well-being. By prioritizing its care and maintenance, you can enjoy a stronger, more resilient body.” Dr. Ben Tapper, D.C., Director of Epigenetics for The Wellness Company

Chiropractor’s Role in Holistic Health

Along with chiropractic adjustments chiropractors are known for their holistic approach to health.

Some of the other services chiropractor’s offer are:

Exercises and Fitness Counseling: Chiropractors often provide guidance on specific exercises that can strengthen muscles, improve spinal function, and increase range of motion. They may also offer advice on general fitness and wellness.

Nutritional Counseling: Many chiropractors offer advice on nutrition, diet, and supplements to support overall health and manage specific health conditions.

Lifestyle Recommendations: This can include strategies for managing stress, improving sleep, and modifying lifestyle factors that contribute to pain and dysfunction.

Posture Advice: Given their focus on the spine, chiropractors often provide recommendations on posture to help prevent and alleviate back and neck pain.

Ergonomic Training: Advice on proper body mechanics and ergonomic setups at home or work can help prevent injuries and musculoskeletal disorders.

Diagnostic Services: Chiropractors also utilize X-rays or other diagnostic imaging techniques to diagnose conditions or monitor the progress of treatment.


  1. Virtual Mentor. 2011;13(6):384-388. doi: 10.1001/virtualmentor.2011.13.6.mhst1-1106.
  2. Haas A, Chung J, Kent C, et al. (March 15, 2024) Vertebral Subluxation and Systems Biology: An Integrative Review Exploring the Salutogenic Influence of Chiropractic Care on the Neuroendocrine-Immune System. Cureus 16(3): e56223. DOI 10.7759/cureus.56223
  3. Fidelibus J. C. (1989). An overview of neuroimmunomodulation and a possible correlation with musculoskeletal system function. Journal of manipulative and physiological therapeutics, 12(4), 289–292.

Written by Brooke Lounsbury

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The TWC Editorial team is comprised of various wellness practitioners from physiotherapists, acupuncturists, fitness instructors, herbalists, and MDs.

This article does not constitute medical advice. Please consult a healthcare provider for proper diagnosis and treatment.
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