Here’s another research study among many that prove chiropractic is about more than neck and back pain. This particular research showed that the students who were adjusted had a 139% greater increase in IgA levels than the control group.
High levels of human secretory immunoglobin A (IgA) is associated with a decreased incidence of upper respiratory tract infections. During stressful situations our immune systems are weakened and our levels of IgA are decreased making us more susceptible to upper respiratory infections.
This study examined 25 post-graduate students during exams, which is a time of increased stress. So this study proves that not only do chiropractic adjustments decrease stress, but also they help our body fight infections! This is reason enough for EVERYONE to get adjusted. Join our mission to change the way our community thinks about their health and share this research with EVERYONE you care about!
Spinal Adjustments and Immunity
This is from a 2011 study published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association called “Impact of Osteopathic Manipulation on Secretory IgA in Stressed Populations.”
High levels of human secretory immunoglobulin A(IgA) decrease the incidence of upper respiratory tract infections. Spinal adjustments have been shown to improve heart and immune function as well as decrease the tone in the sympathetic nervous system. This study examined hypothesis that spinal care increases IgA levels in people under stress.
IgA levels in humans indicate immune potency. High levels of IgA decrease the incidence of upper respiratory tract infections. Low levels of IgA are associated with increased incidence of infections. Twenty-five post-graduate students were randomly assigned to experimental control and variable groups. All participants were within a two to three week study window of a collegiate exam of major significance, providing a state of stress for the participants. After each subject submitted a saliva sample for a baseline IgA level, the experimental group received a spinal adjustment and rested for one hour while the control group sat quietly and relaxed in a separate area. Participants in both groups rested quietly for one hour after the adjustment or rest session and then submitted a second saliva test.
The research indicated that the experimental group displayed a 139% greater increase in post- intervention IgA levels than the control group. The research experiment clearly demonstrated the positive effect of spinal adjustments on salivary IgA levels in subjects experiencing significant stress.
Mounting research continues to prove that the benefits of Chiropractic adjustments extend far beyond back and neck pain. Chiropractors remain committed to the research and science that continues to educate society about the direct link between proper nervous system care and the optimal health potential of every human being.
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