Every spring and fall I start to hear the same comments in the office…
“I cannot believe the difference in how much less I am sneezing since I started getting adjusted!”
“I need an adjustment, my allergies are acting up again and I know they will be lessened when I leave.”
“Thank you. My sinus congestion is dramatically better, my breathing is easier, and I am sleeping again.”
What causes allergies?
Allergies occur when the immune system ‘overreacts’ to an allergen (dust, pollen, pet dander, foods) and produces too many histamines to counteract this process. Histamines are chemicals the body creates to neutralize the effects of the item offending the respiratory or visual system, a way the body’s innate wisdom attempts to correct the problem. Histamines cause you to produce mucous, sneeze, will make your eyes watery, and even give you rash sometimes, all ways the body tries to expel the offending allergen.
What’s the connection with Chiropractic Care?
As a Chiropractor, my initial focus is restoring proper alignment in the body, to restore proper function and allow the body to better adapt to the ‘stressors’ in your environment, including those of seasonal allergies.
Spinal misalignments (termed subluxations) are caused by physical stress, emotional stress, and chemical stress. These misalignments in your spine cause muscle imbalances, joint irritation, inflammation, pain, and weakness. What is more important though, spinal subluxations affect your spinal cord and impair healthy neurological function. Chiropractic adjustments correct misalignments in your spine, restoring proper joint movement, balancing your muscles, and improving your overall health!
The correction of spinal subluxations helps your body respond more appropriately to the pollens, dander and other airborne items you inhale because they help restore balance to your immune system. There is a direct correlation between your spine and immune system. A nervous system that is working more effectively permits the immune system to function more effectively, and lessens the overreaction to other irritants – something all allergy sufferers need!
How can you get started finding relief?
An initial consultation and assessment will help us determine if Chiropractic can help, and whether my approach is right for you. Following your evaluation we’ll create an action plan to get you functioning and feeling better. We’ll monitor your symptoms and changes over time, and adjust your care as needed. Many people in my practice note dramatic reductions in their allergy symptoms and improvements in their overall wellbeing when they add Chiropractic care to their life.
Once we’ve started to correct the imbalances in your spine, we’ll also start to look at some of the lifestyle factors that might be triggering your allergic reactions, and implement other supportive ways to help your immune system work more efficiently. This might involve examining your diet, emotional stressors, sleep patterns, and natural remedies to help you find faster relief while your body is healing.
If you’re suffering with seasonal allergies perhaps it’s time to consider a new approach?
Disclaimer: Chiropractic care supports overall health and healing, but is not a cure or treatment for allergies.