Can Chiropractic Help Allergy Sufferers?
With allergy season in full swing, many people are stocking up on antihistamines and other medications to help them endure the onslaught of symptoms: sneezing, itching, watery eyes, and stuffy noses.
For allergy sufferers who don’t want to rely on medications for relief, however, chiropractic care offers a drug-free approach to treating allergy symptoms.
What Causes Allergic Reactions
Your immune system recognizes and removes harmful substances from your body. Inflammation, sneezing, coughing, and vomiting are methods the immune system uses to expel any dangerous substance ingested by you.
However, an allergic response is when your immune system activates against a substance that is usually considered harmless. Essentially, the allergic reaction is caused not by the substance itself but by your body’s interpretation the substance is potentially harmful.
What Happens Inside the body
When an allergic reaction starts, the body activates special immune cells called mast cells. On the surface of their membranes, these mast cells possess receptors that recognize substances considered either harmful or helpful to the body. When harmful substances are detected, the cells release histamines. These chemicals sensitize the body to react, which then attempts to remove harmful substances by sneezing, coughing, etc.
The five most common allergies include:
- Dust Mites
How Chiropractic Care Can Help
A chiropractor’s job is fairly straightforward: to make sure your spine is in alignment. What this translates too as far as your health is concerned isn’t as straightforward. Research shows, however, that there is a direct link between the nervous system and the immune system. When your chiropractor removes nerve interference, that will allow your immune system to work optimally.
If there is an interruption in the communication system such as a misalignment, the immune system may become compromised. Chiropractic care realigns the spine opening the necessary pathways of communication between the brain and the spine that allows the body to heal itself.
Chiropractic Care Can:
- Strengthen the immune system. Misalignments in the spine—particularly the neck—can disrupt the brain’s lines of communication with the rest of the body.
- Regulate stress hormones. Many allergy sufferers also have weakened adrenal glands, which means their bodies have a harder time moderating allergic reactions. Since the adrenal glands are fed directly by spinal nerves, a properly aligned spine can help regulate the amount of cortisol the body produces.
- Recommend dietary and lifestyle changes. Certain foods and other factors in the environment can either ease or exacerbate allergy symptoms. A doctor of chiropractic can recommend changes that boost the patient’s health and comfort.
- Support the respiratory system. Chiropractic care keeps the pathways open, fortifying the respiratory system to better withstand allergic attacks.
The Chiropractic Care And Allergies Takeaway
Primary allergy solutions recommended by most doctors are anti-histamine drugs. And the drugs are not only harmful with multiple side effects, they never get to the root cause of the problem.
If you are suffering from allergies, seeing a chiropractor might be a solution to help minimize your symptoms and treat the underlying cause of your problems. A chiropractor can help identify any misalignments that may be compromising your immune system. Chiropractic care is the most holistic approach to allergy treatment; it allows your body to do what it was meant to do.
By improving communication between the immune, nervous and respiratory systems, chiropractic care can help patients weather allergy season—without relying on medications.
Contact us for more information on how chiropractic care can help you!