Autoimmune Disorder Care from Our Manhattan Functional Medicine Specialists
An autoimmune disorder is a condition that occurs when your immune system malfunctions. Instead of solely protecting your body from harmful invaders like viruses and bacteria, your immune system will attack a part of your body. Your immune system mistakes that part of your body for a harmful invader. Unfortunately, this can take a toll on your overall health and well-being. With the help of functional medicine from Nichols Chiropractic in Manhattan, you can better manage your condition.
Common Autoimmune Disorders
Although there are over 80 autoimmune disorders, some are more common than others. One of the more well-known disorders is multiple sclerosis, which occurs when your body attacks the myelin of your nerve cells. It affects your central nervous system, which includes your brain and spinal cord.
Another common autoimmune disorder is rheumatoid arthritis. With this condition, your immune system attacks the synovium, the lining of your joints. Typically, it affects your smaller joints first. It, however, can eventually start attacking your organs as well.
Type I diabetes classifies as an autoimmune disorder. When you have a condition, your body mistakes your pancreatic cells for a harmful invader. As a result, your body doesn't produce insulin as it should. Since cells throughout your entire body require sugar in small quantities, poorly managed type I diabetes can affect your nerves, blood vessels, and various organs throughout your body, including your heart.
Other examples include pernicious anemia, reactive arthritis, and systemic lupus erythematosus.
How Functional Medicine Can Help
Functional medicine gets to the root of your autoimmune disease, your immune system. Our practitioners create a personalized plan to help you improve your immune system. Ultimately, the treatments you'll receive from our chiropractors serve the purpose of healing your body and targeting your immune system dysfunction.
Part of our integrative medicine approach may include lifestyle changes like eating a diet to improve the immune system. For instance, we encourage you to eliminate processed foods from your meal plan and replace them with nutrient-rich whole-grain carbohydrates and vitamin-rich fruits and vegetables. We also encourage patients to reduce their reliance on anti-inflammatory drugs by incorporating other pain relief techniques.
Contact Us for Quality Chiropractic Care in Manhattan, KS
At Nichols Chiropractic, we'll work with you to find a solution to improve your symptoms and better your overall health. Our Manhattan team is dedicated to providing our patients natural relief from whatever pain or discomfort they may be experiencing. If you are suffering from autoimmune disorders, contact us today to schedule your first consultation with one of our chiropractors.