Boost Your Immune System with Alternative Therapy
To boost your immune system begins with adding more vitamin C to your diet, getting enough weekly exercise, and eating an overall “balanced” diet does wonders for your immune system. Yet, there are quite a few more nontraditional healthcare systems that can boost your immune system as well.
Let’s review some of the more popular alternative therapies for improving the immune system that you might not even realize exist!
You might be wondering what the neck and spine possibly have to do with maintaining a healthy immune system. To fully understand the connection, you need to gain a general understanding of what the spinal cord really does.
The spinal cord is home to a majority of your body’s nerves. When the spinal cord is misaligned or hurting, it impacts the ability of these nerves to function properly.
As a result, the communication between the body’s nerves and the immune system becomes blocked and reduces your immunity. By visiting a chiropractor, you can better heal the relationship between your nerves and your immune system.
Physical therapy targets specific injuries or conditions that impact a certain area of your body. When you attend physical therapy sessions, the injured or recovering area of your body is put through a series of exercises to build strength and develop a better range of motion.
As we already know, exercise can impact nearly every system in the body, including the immune system. Now that you’ve added more physical activity into your routine as a result of physical therapy, your immune system will naturally be boosted.
What causes this boost in immune system response? Exercise causes an additional release of dopamine and serotonin, which directly improves the functioning of the immune system.
Massage therapy of any type can be incredibly relaxing and reduces discomfort in the muscles and joints. But, did you know that massage therapy can also help to boost your immune system?
This type of alternative therapy is great when it comes to improving your circulation and boosting blood flow. Along with greater blood flow, your body will also develop a greater presence of white blood cells, which work to fight infections.
With massage therapy, you can reduce the number of harmful toxins that are lingering in your body and provide your immune system with greater tools to fight off infections and diseases in the future.
Don’t forget the stress factor, chronic stress harms immunity, and massage is one of the best treatments for chronic stress.
Reflexology is a method of massage therapy that targets the hands, feet, and ears, in particular. It centers around the idea that each part of the body is also connected to specific organs and organ systems within the body.
Using this theory, experts eventually realized that certain areas of the feet are directly associated with how the different glands and sinuses in the body function. By stimulating these specific areas of the feet, theoretically, your immune system should be boosted.
But it’s not just about neurologically connecting with the body’s systems. In actuality, a lot of the benefits associated with reflexology are a direct result of the reduction in stress and improved relaxation that occurs with each session.
Acupuncture is a procedure where a very thin needle-like device is used to penetrate certain areas of your skin in order to target specific results.
A certified acupuncturist will know exactly which areas to target, which means there are definitely regions of the body that directly stimulate the immune system.
By touching on these areas of the body, your body might trigger an additional release of certain hormones or neurotransmitters related to the immune system, thus boosting your immune system and making you more capable of fighting off infections.
Energy medicine is a branch of alternative medicine that’s based on the belief that healing energy can be channeled into a patient to affect some type of healthy correction.
The body is a system with interconnected networks and parts all working together when one is off, another can be affected. This means that our physical, emotional and even psychological health can affect immune system health.
Energy medicine tells us that Radiant Circuits and the Auric Field, two of the body’s 9 Energy Systems is the body’s first line of defense for maintaining a healthy immune system and connects with other systems in the body.
There’s a lot that you can do on your own in order to boost your immune system, and alternative therapies can help achieve these effects!
What’s most important is that you find the method that works best for you. If the chiropractor isn’t exactly your style or it doesn’t appear to work when it comes to your immune system, try something else!
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