Fever & Chronic Infections

By Dr Guy Ashburner | October 29, 2018

Fever & Chronic Infections

“The problem of antimicrobial resistance is here to stay because the natural adaptive response of microorganisms is to develop resistance. New approaches must be developed to enhance antimicrobial stewardship. The evidence indicates that adjunctive OMT can enhance the human immune system, shorten the duration of antibiotic therapy, and improve outcomes”

Noll (2016) The Potential of Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment in Antimicrobial Stewardship: A Narrative Review Donald R. Noll, DO. The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association September 2016 | Vol 116 | No. 9. http://jaoa.org/ on 11/09/2017

Fever is a response to infection that evolved millions of years ago and helps enhance the response to infection. A fever is defined by a temperature that exceeds 38 degrees Celsius. Normal body temperature is around 37 degrees Celsius. When bacteria or viruses invade the body and cause tissue injury, one of the immune system’s responses is to produce pyrogens. These chemicals are carried by the blood to the brain where the hypothalamus raises the body’s temperature above the normal range, thereby causing a fever. The above-normal temperatures stimulate the motion, activity, and multiplication of white blood cells and increase the production of antibodies. These cells fight the infection by destroying the bacteria and viruses. At the same time, elevated heat levels may directly kill or inhibit the growth of some bacteria and viruses that can tolerate only a narrow temperature range. It is known that a fever activates the immune system. In many cases a fever actually strengthens the immune system and helps to prevent susceptibility to other illnesses later in life. It essential that infections are managed and supported correctly

“Researchers from Roswell Park Cancer Institute found that a higher body temperature can help our immune systems to work better and harder against infected cells.” - Journal of Leukocyte Biology. 2011

Parents should be aware of warning signs (labored breathing, unresponsiveness, stiff neck, headache, fever in a newborn) and be in contact with their child’s medical doctor with any fever. Especially if your child has a fever combined with a rash, still has a fever after a day or two, even after taking baby/child paracetamol, vomits or has persistent diarrhoea, refuses food or drinks, cries inconsolably or just looks unwell to you, starts having convulsions or twitches, is in pain or if you feel worried or concerned at any stage. Watching how your child behaves will give you a pretty good idea of whether a minor illness is the cause or if your child should be seen by a medical doctor

Osteopathic treatment alongside conventional treatment is useful in helping patients to better recover and manage some chronic infections. One of the principles of osteopathy is helping support and enhance our immune system to help the body heal itself where possible. When osteopaths restore mobility and remove restrictions in the neuromusculoskeletal system, there is potential for interconnectedness with every organ system of the body (lymphatic system,nervous system, circulatory system etc). Osteopaths help adjust the anatomy to its normal position, with normal motion, thus promoting normal physiology, which allows innate self-regulating powers of the body to accomplish what is necessary for healing to occur. In conjunction with a healthy, balanced lifestyle osteopathy can help you reach an optimal state of health.

“Osteopathy is based on the perfection of Nature’s work. When all parts of the human body are in line we have health. When they are not the effect is disease.”

Dr. A.T.Still.M.D. Osteopathy Research and Practice. 1910

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