A: Since a majority of upper respiratory infections are triggered by viruses and traditional antibiotic therapy is not effective against them, the body’s main defense system relies on optimal function of the immune system. White blood cells entrap the bacteria and viruses, and the by-products drain through the lymph channels and enter the blood supply to be filtered and disposed of. Lymph flow is activated by muscle contraction, passive body movements and external compression of body tissues. One of the primary factors which controls the rate of lymph flow is the degree of motion of the tissues; therefore, restricted tissue motion makes it difficult for lymph to drain through lymphatic channels.
Lymph drainage of the head and neck passes deep into the lymph nodes of the neck. Subluxations of the spine, especially in the neck, trigger muscle tightness and restrict passive motion which inhibits the body from rapidly clearing viruses and bacteria. As a result of slow drainage, the body is predisposed to recurrent bouts of upper respiratory infections such as tonsillitis, sinusitis, ear infections and bronchitis.
Chiropractors are specially trained to identify and treat spinal misalignments that interfere with normal motion. Since every cell, tissue and organ of the body is controlled by the nervous system, reducing spinal misalignments also allows the body to respond at its highest potential and initiate the proper immune response. Although it is nearly impossible to avoid being exposed to the various illnesses that abound, having your body function at its best is essential for warding off the current pathogens and preventing recurrences due to stagnant lymph drainage and a sluggish immune system.
Information provided by Jodi K. Kuhse D.C., D.I.C.C.P., Luellen Chiropractic, 608 Greene St., Suite C, 993-1117.