Treating Auto-Immune Diseases
In the United States, autoimmune diseases are the third largest cause of illnesses, with over 80 conditions. Women are affected more so than men. About 50 million Americans suffer from some form of autoimmune disease. The chiropractors at Nichols Chiropractic in Manhattan, KS, will help your body heal itself by using chiropractic care. We believe in a functional medicine approach when it comes to treating autoimmune disorders. Many believe that once diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder, the only option is to manage the symptoms, but that’s not true.
Functional Medicine Aspect
Conventional medicine focuses on stopping attacks and managing symptoms. If the health of the patient is to be truly restored, we must determine why the immune system begins to attack the body and then take action to correct it. There is something that caused the body to move into the abnormal state of hyper immunity. The root of the problem is where the focus of functional medicine is concentrated.
Functional medicine is concerned with the root cause of the disease rather than treating the symptoms of a particular disease. When the body starts to function normally again, the symptoms diminish and the illness is no longer present.
Common Auto-Immune Diseases
An autoimmune disorder is when a body’s immune system mistakenly attacks healthy cells thinking they are a threat. While conventional medicine treats autoimmune conditions as separate, a chiropractor using functional medicine approaches them on a scale.
The following are some of the most prevalent conditions caused by the body’s immune system:
- Rheumatoid arthritis: This is an attack on the joints by the immune system. This leads to painful swelling and joint deformity. It can also lead to damage to the skin, eyes, blood vessels, and heart.
- Multiple sclerosis: M.S. attacks the protective covering of the nerves using the immune system. It can create scar tissue on the nerves and interrupt messages sent along the nerves to the brain and spinal cord.
- Lupus: This attacks the tissues and organs by the immune system. It can affect the skin, blood cells, lungs, joints, and kidneys.
Great strides have been made on the functional medicine front in uncovering the root causes of autoimmune diseases and understanding how to reverse them.
Functional Medicine in Manhattan, KS
At Nichols Chiropractic in Manhattan, KS, our chiropractors use functional medicine to treat the underlying conditions that affect our patients and restore health and wellness naturally without the use of drugs. Call us today at (785) 537-2211 to schedule an appointment.