It’s a feeling some of us know all too well, and it usually goes something like this. You’ve developed a slight tickle in your throat so you go to bed early hoping a good nights rest will help your body beat whatever bug you’ve picked up. But by the time you wake up the next morning, you’re feeling sick as a dog. Illness often comes on suddenly and without warning, disrupting our daily lives, routine and body.
After you get sick, you wonder how it happened. Did you catch your co-workers cold or get too close to that adorable but sniffling baby? Maybe you forgot to wash your hands after greeting a new colleague or traveling on public transport.
But have you ever stopped to think that maybe it wasn’t JUST germs that played a part in getting you sick? At our practice, we believe that it’s easier to stay well than to get well, and doing so can help you avoid a crisis of illness.
The Connection Between Our Immune and Nervous Systems
Having a healthy immune system isn’t the only requirement when it comes to fending off germs before they manifest in our bodies as an illness. Think of it this way—if your body was a symphony, your nervous system would be the conductor, orchestrating the entire show and calling all the shots. In the same way, your nervous system influences your immune system. When your nervous system isn’t balanced, neither it nor your immune system will be functioning as it should, leaving you more susceptible to illness.
So, what are the best strategies for obtaining a highly functioning immune and nervous system to stay healthy? One option is to avoid germs at all cost—if no germs enter your body, you won’t have to worry about catching a cold or the flu. But in today’s world, it’s next to impossible to stay away from each and every germ out there.
Instead, switch your focus to maintaining a nervous system free of disturbances through chiropractic care, which will work with your immune system to fight off germs before they have you feeling under the weather. When you’re able to restore function to your body, it’s able to heal itself just as it was meant to. With proper rest, food, exercise and adjustments, you can do just that.
Wondering what you can do to ensure you’ve got a properly functioning nervous system? Give our practice a call to get your spine checked.