A: Viruses trigger a majority of upper respiratory infections, but 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 pathogens, and the by-products drain through the lymph channels and enter the blood supply to be filtered and eliminated. Muscle contraction, passive body movements and external compression of body tissues activate lymph flow. Therefore, restricted motion makes it difficult for lymph to drain through lymphatic channels. Misalignments of the spine — especially in the neck — trigger muscle tightness and restrict passive motion, which inhibit the body from rapidly clearing viruses and bacteria that have invaded the respiratory passages. This slow drainage predisposes the body 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 and cause muscle spasms in the neck and back. Since every cell, tissue and organ of the body is controlled by the nervous system, reducing spinal misalignments allows the body to respond at its highest potential when exposed to pathogens and initiate the proper immune response. 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.