It is estimated that over 23 million people in the United States, have an autoimmune disease and the numbers are escalating very quickly. However, AARDA puts the number at over 50 million Americans; they believe that more research is available that adds at least two dozen more diseases in this category. Cancer can be found in less than 10 million sufferers and heart disease in over 20 million. Autoimmune disorders fall in the top ten of the leading cause of death for women and female children.
What are autoimmune disorders and what are their symptoms?
According to Healthline, “an autoimmune disease develops when your immune system, which defends your body against disease, decides your healthy cells are foreign. As a result, your immune system attacks healthy body cells. Depending on the type, an autoimmune disease can affect one or many different types of body tissue.”
Common examples of autoimmune diseases include: diabetes (type 1), some forms of juvenile idiopathic arthritis, Graves’ disease, multiple sclerosis, pernicious anemia, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, and some forms of thyroiditis.
What causes autoimmune disorders?
There is no known explanation as to why patients have these diseases; however, possible explanations given include environmental pollutants, chemical irritants, drugs and bacteria or viruses. People who suffer from these conditions are affected in almost any area of the body, including skin, muscles, glands, blood vessels heart, brain, nerves, lungs, the digestive tract, joints, eyes, and kidneys. There is general redness, swelling and pain due to inflammation in these areas. There can also be loss of function in the targeted body area as well.
How are autoimmune disorders usually diagnosed and treated?
Several tests are administered to determine whether a patient has an autoimmune disease. They include antinuclear antibody tests, autoantibody tests, complete blood count (CBC), C-reactive protein (CRP) and erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR). Autoimmune disorder treatments will vary, depending on the particular disease that the patient is suffering from. Frequently used medications include corticosteroids or immunosuppressive drugs.
How can chiropractic care help alleviate or treat autoimmune disorders?
If you’re searching the web for “autoimmune disease chiropractic care,” then you’re obviously looking for help, and we’re happy to say that you’ve come to the right place! With an excess of 80 diseases that fall into the autoimmune category, Dr. Holly treats many patients with disorders such as chronic fatigue syndrome, arthritis, allergic asthma, and fibromyalgia. She has also treated patients who have issues with their blood vessels, chronic inflammation and vasculitis. With her treatments, patients quickly find relief from joint pain, muscle spasms and stiffness.
Chiropractic care targets autoimmune disorders by helping to reduce inflammation in the body through regular spinal adjustments. When your spine is out of alignment, it puts pressure on your nerves, which send signals to the rest of your body’s organs, telling them how function. Once that pressure is relieved, your organs are able to operate at full capacity and maintain a healthy homeostasis.
In addition to regular adjustments, Dr. Holly advocates a healthy lifestyle that incorporates the 5 Essentials of Maximized Living and includes a healthy diet, regular exercise, meditation and detoxification. All of these practices in combination with chiropractic care can help remove the causes and eliminate the symptoms of autoimmune conditions.
If you suffer from an autoimmune disorder, make an appointment at Queen City Health Center with Charlotte chiropractor, Dr. Holly Clemens! You can book a consultation in person by calling us at 980.422.2000. Website visitors receive a special rate for their first visit, which includes an initial exam and X-rays. Dr. Holly will perform a thorough assessment to determine any problems that currently exist within your spine and nervous system. (It is important to note that patients should not stop taking their medications during these assessments, treatments and visits, unless told to do so by their primary care physician or by Dr. Holly during treatment.)
If you’re not quite ready to book an in-person appointment, that’s okay! Simply fill out the form on this page to request a FREE 15-minute phone consultation with Dr. Holly. She can briefly answer any of your questions regarding autoimmune disease chiropractic care over the phone. We are thrilled to offer the best chiropractic treatment in Charlotte and enthusiastic about helping you get off of your medications!