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Seeking Immunity

Bodies with strong immune systems have the best chance of fighting off such viral infections as influenza. Chiropractic treatment may also help prevent microorganisms from gaining a toehold that can lead to illness. Chiropractic's potential link with immune functioning has been demonstrated in a study in which researchers measured blood levels of substance P (a chemical that stimulates immune functioning) and monocyte (an immune cell) responsiveness before and after spinal manipulation. Results show that those study subjects who underwent thoracic spinal manipulation experienced significant increases in substance P and monocyte responsiveness over those who received either soft tissue manipulation or placebo therapy. Thus, chiropractic treatment may be considered as a preventive measure against common illnesses.

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