Really?! Chiropractic Care for Allergies?
Many people are surprised to learn that chiropractic care can make a significant difference in the lives of those who suffer from allergies. To understand how let’s back up and discuss the science behind allergic reactions.
Our immune systems are like an army, and they gather together to fight against harmful substances in our bodies or on our skin. Think of white blood cells like soldiers: they defend us from everything from the common cold to foreign invaders (e.g. splinters). When you have allergies, though, your immune system overreacts. It activates to fight against a substance that is typically harmless, such as pollen, pet dander, nuts, etc.
Then, the battle is on. Your mast cells interpret these substances as harmful and release histamines. Your body launches a defense - and this is why you sneeze, cough, and suffer from runny noses and watery eyes.
So, how does chiropractic care help with spring allergies? Spinal manipulation works to align and open the vertebrae. Misalignment in the spine can impede communication between the brain and spinal cord; in turn, this can compromise the immune system.
When your spine is in proper alignment, it enables the central nervous system to function normally, and the lungs are able to draw in sufficient air. Remember, our bodily systems are interconnected; when the nervous system is functioning as it should, it allows the immune system to work more efficiently (and with fewer overreactions to “harmless” substances). Communication is restored, and your body can function, and fight, as it should.
Chiropractic care can make spring allergies much more manageable, and many people notice a difference immediately after an adjustment.
Do You Take Allergy Medication?
You might find relief from prescription or over the counter allergy medications. Be sure to check with your healthcare provider to talk about your options and the potential side effects. Often, for example, decongestants and antihistamines can cause drowsiness, dizziness, nausea, and even changes in your mood.
Chiropractic care can be a great complement to medication and, in many cases, it can even replace it as an effective, safe treatment. It does not require drugs, and the side effects are minimal. Some people notice a little discomfort in the area of treatment, but this is temporary and resolves itself quickly. Very rarely do people experience nausea or headache. So, no, you do not have to worry about operating heavy machinery, staying away at work, or being present with your family and friends after an adjustment!
If you are interested in treating your seasonal allergies with chiropractic care or would like to learn more, do not hesitate to contact the experts at Beth El Wellness & Chiropractic. We take a holistic approach to care and our goal is to help you live your best, most active, and most rewarding life - and, of course, to help you get out there and enjoy spring!