What impact does the modern chiropractic approach have on human immune performance? Great question! We want to know too. . . . Lighthouse Chiropractic and Integrative Health is partnering with UBC Okanagan and the Australian Spinal Research Foundation to determine what impact today’s corrective model of chiropractic has on immune function.

In 2019, in a large scale review of the literature, nine studies investigated the effects of adjusting on cortisol levels and four studies examined the effects on the immune system. Researchers concluded that adjustments trigger the activation of the neuro-immuno-endocrine system.[1]

Spinal adjustments resulted in a significant increase in phagocytic activity of neutrophils and monocytes when compared to a sham adjusting or soft-tissue treatment.[2] In another study they found that spinal adjustments results in viscero-somatic responses that affect the phagocytic activity of both neutrophils and mononuclear cells.[3]

This is just some of the ground breaking research that is great news for families looking for a wellness lifestyle where your best defense is an all natural offence.

Our partnership with UBC Okanagan will record how the chiropractic care that is delivered in offices like Lighthouse impacts the health of the immune system.

UBC Okanagan has started enrolling participants and if you want to learn more, or see if you qualify as a participant, contact Barb Oliveira at UBC Okanagan. Her contact information through email is [email protected] or by phone (250)807-9122.

[1] Colombi A, Testa M. The Effects Induced by Spinal Manipulative Therapy on the Immune and Endocrine Systems. Medicina (Kaunas). 2019 Aug 7;55(8).
[2] Brennan PC, et al. Enhanced phagocytic cell respiratory burst induced by spinal manipulation: potential role of substance P. JMPT, 1991;14:399-408.
[3] Brennan PC, et al. Enhanced neurtophil respiratory burst as a biological marker for manipulation forces: duration of the effect and association with substance P and tumor necrosis factor. JMPT,1992;15:83-9.

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