Research highlighted in the 1989; 12(4) issue of the Journal of Physiological and Manipulative Therapeutics shows that the immune system may well be under direct control of the nervous system. This coincides with the discovery of various neurological receptor sites on the surface of white blood cells, part of the body’s immune system.
The white blood cells, knows as T- lymphocytes, have been found to have receptor sites for chemicals produced by the nerve system called neurohormones and neuromodulators. These chemicals stimulate or inhibit the activity of the white blood cells.
The research also found that the white blood cells also produce the neurohormone and neuromodulator chemicals which suggest that the white blood cells can also communicate with the nervous system.
The authors of the study summarize that spinal misalignments, subluxations, can negatively affect the body’s immune response by interfering with the communication link between the nervous system and the immune system. Chiropractic adjustments correct spinal subluxations and help restore this communication link.
By way of commentary, this research simply proves what Chiropractors have known for years, that the nervous system is in direct control of the body’s immune system and that interfering with it in any way can adversely affect how it functions. Any malfunction of the body, especially a malfunction of the immune system, will cause the body to become unhealthy. Chiropractic Wellness Care keeps your body, and your immune system, functioning at the best it possibly can for a lifetime.