Its that time of year… the weather is changing from summer to fall (bittersweet, I know). You might have started feeling a little tickle in your throat, been waking up with a slight headache, started sniffling or even gotten a full on cold already. So lets have a little chat about The Cold Facts surrounding the “common cold”.

There is so much out there telling us what to do to prevent, cure and battle the common cold. I thought it would be the PERFECT time to talk FACTS!

 

  • The common cold is spread mostly by hand-to-hand contact. For example: a person with a cold blows or touches their nose then touches someone else.
  • Stress and cigarette smoking seem to make cold symptoms MORE SEVERE.
  • Antibacterial soap offers NO more protection from viruses than regular soap. Wash your hands regularly with warm soapy water for at least one minute to remove viruses on your hands.
  • AVOID  touching your eyes and nose as this can transfer the cold viruses to your mucous membranes where they can grow and thrive!
  • It is the proximity to other people rather than the temperature outside that seems to be the culprit when it comes to catching a cold. For this some reason CHILDREN in daycare or kindergarten ARE PARTICULARLY VULNERABLE.
  • Your BEST defense is a STRONG IMMUNE SYSTEM. Regular chiropractic adjustments improve nerve and body function ensuring your immunity is at its peak
  • A long time folk remedy is now a proven fact! A cup of HOT CHICKEN SOUP can help unclog nasal passages and provide a sense of comfort when we have a cold. ( Mom was right )
  • CONTRARY to popular belief, cold whether neither increases your susceptibility nor alters the course of a cold.
  • The cold can live on objects such as pens, books and coffee cups for SEVERAL HOURS and can be acquired from such objects.
  • The average American gets more than 100 COLDS in his/her lifetime!
Now that you know the FACTS you are ready to go fight and prevent the common cold! Remember keep your immune system boosted by getting regular chiropractic adjustments. Your immune system is boosted by up to 48% for the next 24-48 hrs after adjustment and your Fighter T-Cells are at their optimum level. Happy Fall 🙂

Dr Caitlin
Dr. Caitlin Pietrosanto is a graduate of D'Youville College of Buffalo NY. There she obtained her Doctorate of Chiropractic and Bachelor Degree in Biology. She has completed extensive post-graduate training in Spidertech Taping, Graston technique and is a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic in The State of New York. Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. Chiropractic care is used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints such as back pain, neck pain, pain in the extremities ,and headaches. When other medical conditions exist, chiropractic care may complement or support medical treatment by relieving the musculoskeletal aspects associated with the condition using physiotherapy techniques. These techniques are focused on restoring the structure and function of affected muscle and tissue.

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