OMAHA, Neb., Oct. 4, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- With flu season right around the corner, Chiropractic Health Clinic is raising awareness about the benefits of regular chiropractic adjustments for maintaining a healthy immune system. According to the practice, a spinal misalignment can cause nervous system interference. Omaha chiropractor Dr. Mark Eiler warns that this interference can adversely impact the immune system and may increase the risk for contracting illnesses, including the flu. Dr. Mark Eiler recommends regular adjustments to keep the spine correctly aligned and support a healthy immune system.
"A strong immune system is key to fighting off the flu and relieving symptoms," says Dr. Justin Eiler, an Omaha chiropractor with Chiropractic Health Clinic. "But you can't just pop a pill to have a strong immune system. A healthy immune system requires a fully functioning nervous system and body. Chiropractic care, together with a healthy diet and regular exercise, helps strengthen the immune system and prepare your body to fight off the flu faster with fewer severe symptoms."
One in five Americans may contract the flu this year, estimates the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Flu season officially begins in November, reaching its peak between December and March, reports the CDC. Symptoms include fever, body aches, sore throat, headache, fatigue, and chills. These symptoms may come on suddenly and last for seven or more days.
"Avoiding the flu can be especially tough during the holiday season when many people are in close contact with one another in small, shared spaces," said Dr. Andrea Eiler, also of the clinic. "The virus can be passed between seemingly healthy adults at least one day before the onset of symptoms and for five to seven days after adults become sick. As I always tell my patients, just because someone appears healthy doesn't mean they are! It's inevitable you'll come in contact with someone who has the flu; the best you can do is prepare your immune system to fight back."
The chiropractic team at Chiropractic Health Clinic recommends patients reduce their risk for contracting the flu by incorporating regular adjustments into their wellness care routine. Dr. Mark Eiler warns that not all spinal misalignments – also known as subluxations – trigger obvious pain symptoms. For this reason, patients may have a misaligned spine without realizing it. They will still be suffering the side effects, however, including a weaker immune system and increased risk for contracting illness.
"A misaligned spine will compromise nervous system functionality, which in turn can weaken the immune system," said Dr. Mark Eiler. "Chiropractic adjustments relieve stress on the nervous system. This allows the immune system to function more effectively. A stronger immune system reduces the likelihood of contracting the flu."
Chiropractic Health Clinic is an Omaha wellness center that provides drug-free pain relief, injury rehabilitation and wellness care. For more information, visit http://www.eilerchiro.com.
CONTACT: Chiropractic Health Clinic, (402) 778-5470 http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/qa/disease.htmSource:Chiropractic Health Clinic