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Connecting Chiropractic to the Common Cold (and Cars!)

UBC blogger Thea Treahy-Geofreda poses a good question in her article about the little-known benefits of chiropractic for overall health. The truth is most people don’t make any association between chiropractic and common acute conditions like a head cold. Most will only connect chiropractic with things like back pain.

One of the best parts of this article is the extended analogy the author uses to explain the preventative health benefits of chiropractic for total-body health. She encourages readers to think of the human body as a car that needs a functioning control system. This system sends information to all of the vehicle’s separate components –everything from the engine to the high beams.

How’s your engine running?

If one of those connections were to come loose, sure your car would still function, but it wouldn’t be operating at 100 percent effectiveness. The same thing is true for your body, whose control system is the central nervous system. In order enjoy optimal health, your central nervous system must be free of interference and maladjustments. When we’re below optimal health, our systems are more likely to be infiltrated with the cold virus.

Before you end up reaching for those cold meds that knock you out, optimize your health. Check your spine alignment, go for regular adjustments, eat properly, and take measures to reduce stress. The article does a great job of advocating these natural techniques for overall health. Preventative care in the form of therapies like massage, medication and chiropractic adjustments make you feel and function better. In addition to improving posture, sleep and relaxation, these therapies keep your system running at its best, and boost your immune system too.

Taking a defensive approach to health is smart, natural, non-invasive and effective, so give yourself a tune-up at every opportunity!

Comments (3)

  1. Hi!
    Thanks for tweeting at me about this article! I have to say that I personally really have seen the effects of working with a chiropractor regularly. I can’t remember the last time I had a cold! That’s part of the reason that I launched my own holistic health magazine: Fruition. You’ll like it- it brings together perspectives from my favourite chiropractor, massage therapist and naturopath.
    You can find it here:

    Unfortunately my colleague, Thea, is no longer working at UBC. She’s left her role here to do chiropractic school because of all the benefits she saw from chiropractic care! You may be interested in her new blog:

    I’ll let her know of your post too!

    • Hi Suzanne,

      So glad you checked out the article! We will definitely take a detailed look at your holistic health magazine- that sounds like a wonderful resource for the natural and alternative health community!

      Thanks for stopping by-all the best!

  2. Your post, Connecting Chiropractic to the Common Cold (and Cars!) is really well written and insightful. Glad I found your website, warm regards from Nora!

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