How Chiropractic Care Can Help With Allergies?
By: Dr. Shane Davidson DC
Every spring, seasonal allergies come back, and they bring discomfort like runny nose and itchy eyes for many people. Allergy season doesn’t just stop you from enjoying the outdoors, it also makes you worried about facing symptoms as soon as you step outside because everything is covered in pollen. If you have allergies, it’s important to understand their effects and find relief. Fortunately, chiropractors today can help you manage allergies through chiropractic care. In this article, we’ll learn about allergies and how chiropractors can provide treatment.
What are Allergies?
When your body’s defense system (immune system) releases histamines in response to something you’re allergic to, it causes a reaction we call allergies or hay fever. These allergens can be ordinary things that usually don’t bother people, but when your body isn’t in a balanced state, it can lead to various issues such as:
- Runny nose and Stuffy nose
- Coughing or scratchy throat
- Itchy eyes
- Skin rash or hives
Allergens can take various forms, such as things you touch (like poison ivy), things you inhale (like mold or dust), or things you eat (like strawberries or peanuts). While people can have different allergies, those with the same allergies may not react the same way.
Severe, life-threatening allergies, known as anaphylaxis, may lead to symptoms like airway, tongue, or throat swelling, blocked airways causing breathing difficulties, and other dangerous effects.
Chiropractic Treatment For Allergies
The most challenging aspect of seeking medical treatment is discovering a solution that effectively works without causing unpleasant side effects. Many allergy medications either prove ineffective or leave individuals feeling fatigued and drowsy, offering less-than-ideal solutions. A chiropractic adjustment can effectively manage your body’s response to allergies without any of these side effects, enabling you to maintain your regular lifestyle with ease.
Chiropractic treatments enhance your body’s balance, improving its ability to tackle allergies at the source. When your spine is misaligned, it can negatively impact your nervous system, leading to various issues, including allergies. A chiropractor can alleviate this stress on your nervous system by realigning your spine, which relieves pressure on your nerves. This enables your immune system to function more efficiently, making it easier for your body to defend against infections and perceive allergens as less harmful. As a result, your immune system’s response to allergens becomes more controlled and less exaggerated.
Utilizing chiropractic treatment for allergies can effectively regulate the levels of histamine and cortisol in your body. This is particularly beneficial during allergy seasons when histamine, a key contributor to allergy symptoms, needs to be controlled. Cortisol, which influences the immune response, also plays a crucial role. Therefore, managing both of these elements simultaneously provides significant support in combating allergies.
Chiropractic treatments have shown significant effectiveness in alleviating allergy symptoms and addressing allergies at their root cause. They not only diminish the intensity of allergy symptoms but also reduce their frequency. Unlike allergy medications that provide short-term relief by acting as antihistamines, chiropractic care offers a thorough and lasting solution.