Cold, Flu, and Chiropractic


Cold and flu season is in full swing and that means fever, headaches, chills, and body aches are coming. You might think it can’t be avoided, but there are steps you can take to sidestep the cold and flu this season.

You probably already know the basic principles to staying healthy: eat right, exercise, and get plenty of rest — and of course, wash your hands! Did you know that chiropractic care may also be a big help? Chiropractic may help you avoid the cold and flu by ensuring your lymphatic system is working optimally.

What Do You Know About Lymphatic Flow?

The lymphatic system is basically the body’s drainage system and is made up of a network of lymph nodes and ducts that filter out viruses, bacteria, and other harmful substances through lymph, which is a clear liquid comprised of your immune cells.

The lymphatic system is your body’s drainage system, made up of a network of ducts and lymph nodes that filter out bacteria, viruses and other harmful substances through lymph, a clear fluid made up of your immune cells.

When you visit the doctor complaining of cold or flu symptoms, the lymphatic system is one of the first things that will get checked out. When your doctor feels your neck and under your jaw, he or she is checking for swollen glands, which are enlarged lymph nodes. That is an indication that your lymphatic system is working to clear your body of an imbalance or infection.

Whatever your lymph nodes collect usually gets drained through the lymph ducts, some of which are located along your spine and in your neck. When your neck and spine are out of alignment from injury, muscle tension, or other musculoskeletal conditions, your ducts can easily become congested or blocked.

Decongest with Chiropractic

Chiropractic adjustments are a non-invasive, risk-free form of treatment that put the back and neck into proper alignment, which alleviates pressure on the congested lymph ducts, allowing them to flow freely to protect you against illnesses like the cold and flu. If you do happen to catch a cold or get the flu, chiropractic care can help to lessen both the severity and the length of time you suffer, so you can feel better sooner!

Health Tips for the Lymphatic System

  • Ensure proper alignment with regular chiropractic adjustments

  • Drink plenty of fluids to flush out your system

  • Make healthy eating choices and avoid toxins from things such as alcohol, tobacco, and processed foods

  • Get plenty of restful sleep

  • Avoid binding or restrictive clothing that can block lymph flow

At Bird Chiropractic, we are committed to helping you maintain a healthy, balanced lifestyle starting with chiropractic adjustments and manipulations. Contact us today for a consultation!