Question: My son just started back to school for a full day of kindergarten. He already has a cold and it is running through everyone in the family. Can chiropractic adjustments help my family fight colds?
Answer: Yes, it is back-to-school time and, yes, your child and every child will be exposed to new and unfamiliar germs. The young bodies and immune systems will be challenged. Many children will get symptoms of fever, sinus congestion, diarrhea, cough, and other responses common to the natural abilities of the human physiology to defeat invading organisms. I clinically find the interesting phenomenon of natural immune response in children to be the large range of reaction each child has to the same exposure. I am always asking myself why does one child or family member get sick and not another one or why does one child get a runny nose while one gets bronchitis. My conclusion is its the degree of stress in the body especially the nervous system which controls the immune system.
Even children have anxiety about the simple things in life, like starting school. When we direct our balancing of stress, emotionally, physically, and chemically we sometimes have to let down our defenses in one area to combat another. When your body and mind are under a long-term chronic stress or even a recent traumatizing experience we deplete the immune system, therefore weakening its ability to fight exposure to potentially harmful germs.
Couple a weak or subluxated nervous system, which directs the counter attack on the invading germs, with the intruders and the result is illness. Chiropractors correct subluxations (abhorrent function to the spine) which in turn allows the body to express itself to its full potential of recognizing and destroying invading germs.
Your child’s fever, cough, vomiting, or diarrhea are normal responses to eliminate the bad germs. The best way to avoid colds in children and your family is to have them maintain a healthy nervous system and natural immunity with regular chiropractic adjustments.
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