There are many different approaches out there for treating autoimmune diseases. In this article, we will explain what these diseases are, the different ways to treat them, and how chiropractic care can be a great option for treatment!
Our immune systems play an important role in keeping our bodies healthy. Imagine the immune system like a small army that protects you from foreign invaders trying to enter your body. Any unwelcome guests that make it past your borders (i.e. bacteria, viruses or other toxins) are identified, isolated, and ushered out expeditiously by these soldiers. So, they keep your inner environment safe and sound. This is a great analogy for how most people’s immune systems actually work.
What would you do though, if those soldiers suddenly turned against you and started attacking your body instead of protecting it? That is the reality for people diagnosed with autoimmune diseases, such as fibromyalgia or lupus. The National Institute of Health actually reports that more people struggle with autoimmune diseases than cancer or heart disease.
Unfortunately, experts do not know a cause for autoimmune diseases. Instead, they suggest a couple contributors that could impact someone’s likelihood to develop them. The first is genetics. If one person in your family suffers from an autoimmune disorder, you are 2-5 times more likely to suffer from that disorder. The second contributor is environment. Experts already know that exposure to silica can induce scleroderma, and that certain pharmaceutical agents are linked to the onset of diseases such as lupus. An unhealthy diet, lack of exercise, and a high-stress lifestyle can also increase your chances of developing an autoimmune disease.
There are a couple of different approaches when it comes to treating autoimmune diseases. The first is the traditional route of prescription medications. Unfortunately, many of these approaches involve some type of immunosuppressant drug. These drugs inhibit your body’s ability to fight other forms of illness.
However, chiropractic is an all-natural way to help treat autoimmune diseases. Chiropractic does not aim to minimize symptoms, but rather to heal the body from disease. We maximize the body’s ability to heal itself and improve physiological function. When the nervous system is free from interference and the musculoskeletal system moves more freely (two of the most common benefits experienced after the chiropractic adjustment), patients have a greater sense of ease, and are able to move more effectively and efficiently. In addition, with brain-body communication free of irritation and interference, the natural function of every organ and system in the body is optimized! Interested in seeing what neurologically-based chiropractic care can do for you? Take advantage of our $40 online special and book your first visit with us today!