The body’s immune system is like a war zone, fighting against illness and diseases. Even though it is the most powerful defence in the body, sometimes germs can successfully invade our bodies and make us sick. Especially during the cooler months, we’re more likely to be indoors where cold and flu germs thrive. Daily factors such as stress, inadequate sleep or poor nutrition have a drastic effect on how well the immune system can perform, too.
How Physical Therapy Helps Your Immune System?
When you are sick, the Cortisol level in the body rises which further lowers your white blood cells or Lymphocytes. Less number of Lymphocytes means you are less prepared to deal with infections and diseases.
Physical therapy helps to increase your white blood cell production in addition to reducing the production of cortisol. The result is an immune system that is ready to do battle with harmful invaders.
Boosting Circulation & Removing Toxins
Your lymphatic system is tasked with transporting your white blood cells all over your body. This same network of organs and tissue is tasked with getting rid of waste and toxins from your body. These are all passed out of your body via lymph fluid. Every time your muscles contract you are pushing this fluid around. Physical therapy can help facilitate better contractions. By releasing congestion in these areas through massage or pulling helps to improve circulation and boost your immune system.
Physical Therapy promotes Better Sleep
Sleep is critical to good health. In order to maintain a strong immune system, you must get plenty of sleep. Make a point of sleeping at least 8 hours each night, and if you have trouble, physical therapy can help. Physical therapy can reduce stress and tension to allow you to get the sleep you need to fight off many common ailments, including COVID-19. Physical Therapy will help activate your parasympathetic nervous system. When your body is in the digest and rest stage, you will have more melatonin and less cortisol production.
Physiotherapist at PhysioRehab Group will give you guidelines and exercises for increasing physical activity to improve your immunity. If you have any questions on how can you live better, book an appointment with us.
We are serving in Bolton and Brampton.
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