But chiropractic is just for backs! Not so. In fact, many people
seeing chiropractors for spinal pain find a general improvement
in their health that includes fewer and less severe colds and other
The Common Cold
The common cold (acute coryza 45) is associated with viruses
that affect the nose, throat, larynx (voice box) and sinuses. That
means stuffed and runny nose, scratchy throat, watery eyes,
stuffed sinuses and congestion: the usual. What makes the
common cold different from other viral or bacterial infections
of the respiratory tract is the absence of high fever.
What Causes A Cold?
Breathing in cold viruses does not in itself cause a cold. If you
try to give someone a cold, for example, it takes more than a
virus. Experimenters have incubated cold viruses, placed them
directly on the mucous lining of the nose, and found that their
subjects came down with colds only 12 percent of the time. For
germs to grow in you, you must first he fertile soil.
The Chiropractic Approach
Chiropractic doesnít treat the common cold. However, chiropractic
patients have noticed that their natural resistance to colds increases
and chiropractors have often heard patients tell them that, "I
havenít had a cold (or if I get a cold I get over it so much faster)
since Iíve been under chiropractic care." Natural resistance is the
only reason why your cold goes away rather than lasting for
weeks, months or your entire lifetime!
Chiropractic care can help raise your natural resistance
to disease by removing a serious interference to your proper
body function: vertebral subluxations.
What Are Vertebral Subluxations?
Vertebral subluxations (VS) are misaligned vertebrae in
your spine that interfere with your nerves and the flow of
information and energy between your brain and the rest of your body. VS lowers your natural resistance to disease by unbalancing your nervous system.
Chiropractors perform spinal examinations to detect and locate vertebral subluxations in your body,
then correct them by giving chiropractic spinal adjustments. This relieves spinal nerve stress and helps restore optimal body functioning for higher resistance to disease, which, we cannot overstate, is the best defense against the common cold.
Too many of us know the classic symptoms of the flu: fever of
lOl°~lO3°, backache, headache, muscle and joint pain, runny nose,
congestion, sore throat and cough that may continue irregularly for
three or four days. The flu can cause serious problems in those, like
the elderly, who are very weak and have little resistance; in some
cases it may develop into pneumonia. Yet for most of us the flu is
little more than an annoying illness.
Keeping your spinal column free from vertebral subluxations
helps keep your natural immunity high. Whatever else you do
for yourself, it is essential, if you are suffering from the flu, colds or respiratory problems, that your spinal column be
healthy; it could make the difference between a quick recovery
and a lingering illness (even between life and death).
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