I’ve been asked many times in the last couple of years if chiropractic care can help the immune system, including help to resolve long-term symptoms of the viral response, including sensory loss.
Our bodies involve several incredibly complex systems that must work together for our overall well-being. Integrative Healthcare can include multiple therapies and when we view our bodies as systems, rather than a series of symptoms, we start to search for root solutions, rather than “bandaids” for our symptoms. In other words, if we can find the root cause for problems, we can stop the problem instead of simply treating the symptoms that the problems cause. For example, I have many patients who complain of headaches. Chiropractic adjustments often solve those symptoms and they don’t come back unless the same subluxation that caused the headache reoccurs. By treating the pain with only over-the-counter pain medications, the symptoms are likely to return because the subluxation hasn’t been corrected..
Most people understand that their brain and nervous system control their entire body. It’s what makes each of the systems function properly. My patients frequently report that their overall health including allergies and other conditions improve with consistent adjustments. It only stands to reason, and an increased number of studies show that including chiropractic care makes a difference in a person’s overall health.
Even prior to 2020, research was promising about chiropractic care and its benefits for resolving the long-term loss of smell. The amount of cranial/cervical nerves in our face/neck plays a large role. Like with any part of our body, even a small nervous system disruption will cause whole-body issues.
Researchers seem hesitant to say that chiropractic care can improve symptoms of long covid but spinal manipulative therapy was associated with short-term changes in selected immunological biomarkers among asymptomatic participants compared with sham manipulation, a lecture series, and venipuncture control groups.
Chiropractic care has been shown to improve symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, which shares many symptoms with long-term COVID, including intense fatigue. Research says that CFS/ME might also be caused by a viral infection.
Because chiropractic care focuses on whole-body communication, there can be positive outcomes for those suffering from long-term immune system-related conditions including loss of smell, severe fatigue, and related conditions. I love working with clients who are seeking to live a better, healthier life by integrating chiropractic care. If you are living with any of these conditions, let’s work together to get you feeling better!