Subluxated Virus: How Chiropractic Care Aids in Immunity
By: Samuel Hickson
In today’s uncertain time amid the COVID-19, many are asking themselves, “How do I stay healthy when everything around me is closing?” As many medical professionals have answered the call to fight on the frontlines in hospitals, other medical professionals, such as chiropractic physicians, have joined the fight differently. In helping to realign the spine, chiropractic physicians are helping to boost the immune system. One such chiropractic clinic, ChiropracTED, is one of the earliest chiropractic firms to support human health by staying open during a medical war against an unseen enemy.
ChiropracTED, led by Dr. Ted Sim, realized that although chiropractic medicine could not be a cure for the Coronavirus, it could certainly help make the body and immune response stronger. Dr. Sim, who also serves as the current Vice-President of the Nevada Chiropractic Council, is currently working to help his patients get through this trying time. According to Dr. Sim, most people often think about chiropractors after they have suffered some type of personal injury, such as in a car accident. However, Dr. Sim feels it is essential to know that chiropractic medicine, like most medical modalities, can be used for other purposes. One purpose of chiropractic is to support immune function. Dr. Sim says, “Without getting too heavily involved in the scientific and medical talk about the immune system, here is what we know. We know that COVID-19 and the fears around the virus can create a great deal of stress on the body. We know from the medical research that stress impacts the immune system. We also know that chiropractic medicine can help with making the body stronger to fight off the stressors of the environment.”
Dr. Sim’s comments underscore a large and growing body of medical research that examines the impact of spinal manipulation on the immune response. While the research is scant, consistently, there is evidence that because of the inherent principle of chiropractic medicine to work with the body to heal itself, chiropractic medicine, through the use of spinal manipulations can help with improving the functionality of the immune response. As Dr. Sim believes in the power of chiropractic medicine, and the science behind its use, he has worked to collaborate with community professionals to spread the word.
Through a grassroots effort, Dr. Sim and close friends have created a virtual group known as “Quarantine with the OG’s” via Facebook, which brings together group fitness instructors and health experts to discuss how to stay healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. The group started off with a couple hundred members, but now has thousands of members not just nationally but internationally as well. In using his understanding of chiropractic medicine and the impact of stress on the human body, Dr. Sim, both through his practice and grassroots group, heals the mind and body to bring a little peace in a time of uncertainty. To Dr. Sim, chiropractors look at the person in the environment and understand that, if left untreated, a subluxated spine and subluxated life can have debilitating consequences. Through his efforts, Dr. Sim shows the power that chiropractic medicine can have.
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