How Chiropractic Care Supports the Lymphatic System
While chiropractic care is commonly sought out to treat misalignment in the bones and joints, as well as the muscles, tendons, and ligaments of the body, chiropractic care also has a powerful therapeutic effect on the other body systems. The direct effects of chiropractic occur on the neuromusculoskeletal system. That means that the nervous system, muscular system, and skeletal system are the first to receive benefits from applied chiropractic care. Chiropractic helps to immediately mobilize stuck or misaligned joints, reduce muscular tension, alleviate nerve inflammation and pain, and improve the ways that the body systems work with one another. In addition to directly treating the neuromusculoskeletal system, chiropractic care also helps treat other systems. Read on to learn how chiropractic care supports the lymphatic system.
What is the lymphatic system?
The lymphatic system is a part of the body responsible for moving waste, collecting toxins, and protecting the body from foreign invaders. The lymphatic system is a part of the immune system. Together, in conjunction with the immune system, the lymphatic system keeps the body balanced. It circulates lymph, which is a fluid in the body that contains white blood cells which support the immune system, as well as proteins and fats.
You may become more familiar with your lymphatic system when you get a cold or flu—it’s common for swollen lymph nodes to appear as your body battles an infection. Lymph nodes act as filters to catch and collect anything that could threaten the homeostasis (balance) in the body. When they swell, it’s usually because they have trapped bacteria or viruses that would otherwise overwhelm the immune system.
Chiropractic care doesn’t directly affect the lymphatic system, because chiropractic is a non-invasive, non-surgical form of care. Nevertheless, chiropractic is a hands-on therapy, and as such, it indirectly affects nearly all the body’s systems.
The effects of chiropractic care on the neuromusculoskeletal system lead to effects in the immune system, as well. If you’re experiencing swollen lymph nodes or would like to simply support your lymphatic function, chiropractic care in Grand Rapids, MI, may be able to help.
Chiropractic care helps increase circulation.
When an expert chiropractor performs treatment, it’s typically with a hands-on approach. While your chiropractor may prescribe a series of at-home or in-office exercises to help supplement your treatment plan, or provide tools to help boost treatment effectiveness, the most common chiropractic interventions involve adjustments, traction, tissue manipulation, and other hands-on care.
When an expert chiropractor delivers an adjustment (or other form of hands-on care), this helps to increase circulation in the body in several ways.
When a chiropractic adjustment (or other form of treatment) is performed, this moves misaligned joints and bone structures in the body back toward alignment. The strategic delivery of pressure to certain areas of the body, and the resulting movement of the joints, allows any toxins or cell waste to be dispelled from the area. Additionally, when an area of the body’s muscles are tight or tense, a chiropractic adjustment (or other form of treatment) can loosen the entire area, releasing constriction and allowing the flow of vital nutrients, oxygen, and blood to the location being treated.
Chiropractic care helps to decrease inflammation.
In addition to improving circulation in the body, chiropractic care also helps decrease inflammation, which is very helpful in supporting the immune system and the lymphatic system.
Inflammation occurs in the body when the immune system detects a threat to the body’s overall balance. For example, if you’ve ever sprained your ankle, then you’ve probably experienced injury-related inflammation—the body realizes that it has been injured and sends resources (additional blood, nutrients, fluid and white blood cells) to the area to aid in the recovery process.
The body can also become inflamed for other reasons not related to injury. For example, allergic reactions can cause inflammation in the body’s systems, as well as exposure to toxins (like polluted air or unprocessed chemicals) and disease (like arthritis or autoimmune diseases like Lupus). Inflammation in the body over long periods of time can create damage to the cells, organs, and tissues.
By decreasing inflammation, this can boost the efficiency of the immune system and help the lymphatic system function optimally.
Chiropractic care helps detoxify the body.
The lymphatic system is responsible for helping detoxify the body of cellular waste, toxins, and other unwanted substances.
When the body receives chiropractic care—for example, through an adjustment or spinal traction—this helps facilitate the movement and drainage of lymphatic fluid through the body.
This can be particularly helpful for individuals who are experiencing immune fatigue, have swollen lymph nodes, or are battling chronic infections. As the body responds to chiropractic adjustment, it releases stagnant lymphatic fluid that has collected in the joints, muscles, and tissues. This results in the purification and detoxification of the body.
Chiropractic care helps to increase the body’s overall functionality.
Through regular chiropractic care, the lymphatic system and all other body systems are stimulated and regulated. Regular chiropractic treatment helps the interconnected relationship between the cardiovascular, respiratory, skeletal, muscular, immune, nervous, and digestive systems.
The holistic benefits of chiropractic care extend to all systems of the body. Because the body systems work synergistically (together), the health of one system can help to improve and support the wellness of all the others.
If you’re looking to increase your health and wellness and experience the highest possible level of health available, regular chiropractic care can play an essential role in your wellness journey. Advanced Spine & Posture takes pride in providing the highest quality of chiropractic care in Grand Rapids, MI. As your resident back pain experts, Advanced Spine & Posture of Grand Rapids will complete an advanced assessment to determine the condition of your body and how chiropractic care can best support your health.
Whether you’re looking for a boost to your overall well-being, or care for a specific ailment or condition (like back pain), the health and back pain expert chiropractors in Grand Rapids’ Advanced Spine and Posture location are standing by to help. If you’re ready to experience the best chiropractic care that Grand Rapids has to offer, book your appointment now!