Allergies and Chiropractic Care
Many people suffer from the symptoms that come with allergies, such as runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing, etc. Most treat them with medications or antihistamines. As the air becomes more polluted and temperatures keep rising, its not hard to imagine that allergies will also be on the rise. This could become a huge problem, as people will miss more work which directly translates to decreased production. Plus who wants to live in a world around a bunch of sick people?!
For those who do not want to rely on medications to manage their symptoms, chiropractic care can help alleviate some of their suffering. This is probably something that most people would never associate with allergies, but there is a direct relationship between stress on the immune system and increased allergic reactions. An immune system that is compromised or not working up to its full potential is not in the best position to fight allergies and any other imposed stresses. A chiropractor can strengthen the immune system by correcting misalignments in your spine, especially your neck. This will allow the brain and spinal nerves to have better communication, which will allow the body to have a chance against allergens. Chiropractic adjustments can also affect the respiratory system. By releasing pressure on the nerves that innervate the lungs, chiropractors can improve breathing quality and potential, which obviously directly relate to allergies. Finally, chiropractors can help with allergies from a dietary and lifestyle standpoint. Certain foods are known to trigger or increase allergic response, and your chiropractor should be able to sit down with you and identify what your personal allergic triggers are. From then he/she can recommend changes to diet or whatever else is bringing on these reactions.
So as you see, chiropractic care is not just for the treatment of neck and back pain. It can be used as a preventative overall health therapy. So the next time it’s allergy season and you are flared up, rather than reach for the Benadryl or Nyquil, pay a visit to your chiropractor!