We listened to Governor Inslee’s press conference yesterday. Currently, he is not asking chiropractors to stop seeing patients.
Chiropractors are portal of entry practitioners, meaning we are trained to make a differential diagnosis, and determine when to refer elsewhere for a problem that is out of our scope of practice. Patients do not need referrals to come in for care; we write referrals for diagnostic tests and for a multitude of specialists when medically necessary. In staying open through this time, we can help reduce the stress on the health care system right now.
Science has shown over the years that chiropractic care increases biomechanical function in the body. There is abundant evidence that hyperactivity of the “fight or flight” system, our body’s response to stress (the sympathetic nervous system) is a common factor in many disease processes and directly impacts immune system function. Research has also shown that improving biomechanics has a powerful influence on the sympathetic nervous system and can increase the function of the body’s “rest and digest” system, or our ability to repair and heal (the parasympathetic nervous system). *
Some of you have debilitating migraines if you go without regular chiropractic adjustments. Some of you are pregnant and need a point of contact for the changing needs of your body's biomechanics. Some of you might feel panicked that if your back goes out again and you’re unable to function, you’ll have nowhere to go for help. Pain and chronic inflammation increase stress hormones in the body, which are suppressive to the immune system. It is for these reasons that I consider chiropractic care essential health care during these times.
I am here for you. Throughout endless sanitation wipes and increasingly dry (but very clean!) hands, I plan to remain open as long as I’m able to help you through this stressful time. Please check our updates as new information comes in; we will stay on top of the latest news and notify you of any changes.
In the meantime, take care of yourselves!
*Below are some references, in case you’d like to dive deeper into the science of neuroimmunology! Each is a PubMed ID. Just plug into your search engine. Full text articles are available in some cases; for others, just abstracts. Happy social distancing. :)
(1) PMID: 583147
(2) PMID: 19740085
(3) PMID: 14708967
(4) PMID: 1713648
(5) PMID: 17467231
(6) PMID: 16557263