The complex field of neuroimmunology is exploring the synergistic relationship of the immune and nervous systems of the body. Through signaling molecules, neurotransmitters, and various other mechanisms it is clear that bidirectional communication happens between these systems to maintain homeostasis (a balanced state of physiological function) in the body.
As the “master electrical communication system” of the body, the nervous system is comprised of the brain, brainstem, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves - all extensions or branches that operate as a functional unit. This system coordinates function within the body by producing appropriate adaptations as the internal and external conditions of the body fluctuate.
The immune system of the body includes a series of glands and tissues that work to contain and eliminate foreign pathogens that pose a threat to a weakened body. An appropriate immune system response depends on a perfectly timed and dosed secretion of substances to reduce the threat without damaging the hosts tissues.
The interplay of these systems in the field of neuroimmunology is shedding new light on the management of chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia. Dr. Stenberg recently contributed an article to the Blair Upper Cervical Society highlighting new research on the topic of the immune system in fibromyalgia patients.