04 Apr Natural Care for Allergies from Your Chiropractor
Millions of Americans know that one sign spring has arrived is the return of their sneezes and other seasonal allergy symptoms. What they may not know is that allergy relief is available from their chiropractor. By providing treatments that enhance the immune system, we help many of our allergic patients at Eastern Oklahoma Chiropractic to feel better naturally and avoid the side effects of medications.
Typical Causes of Allergies
Allergies are very common, especially ones that come from airborne allergens. Affecting more than 50 million Americans every year, allergies are the sixth most frequent source of chronic illness.
Hay fever, also known as allergic rhinitis, is a reaction to pollen produced by grass, trees or other plants during spring, summer or fall.
And it’s not just blooming plants that can cause your discomfort. Some people suffer from perennial allergies to a variety of airborne substances. Common allergens around your home include:
- Moldgrowing in dark, damp areas
- Dandershed from your cat or dog—skin cells that cling to surfaces in your house
- Dustfrom allergy-triggering dust mites
Typical airborne allergy symptoms include runny nose, sneezing, sinus headaches, coughing, sore throat, fatigue, and itchy, watery eyes.
Of course, allergic reactions come from other sources, too:
- Substances (such as poison ivy) that contact the skin, causing rashes and hives
- Foods—most commonly wheat, milk, tree nuts, peanuts, eggs, fish, and soy
- Insect bites
Allergic reactions to foods, medications, and insect bites can be the most serious, causing medical emergencies such as anaphylaxis that impair breathing.
Allergies and Your Immune System
What do all of these different forms of allergies have in common?
They’re all directly tied to the performance of your immune system.
When your immune system is working normally, it defends you against harmful invaders like viruses, bacteria and diseases.
But sometimes the immune system can go into overdrive, fighting against harmless substances. Your immune cells produce histamines, triggering those allergy symptoms.
To function properly, your immune system depends on your nervous system to carry messages between your brain and body through the spinal cord.
And this is where chiropractic care comes in.
How Your Chiropractor Treats Allergies
Your nervous system relies on a properly aligned spine to relay its all-important signals to your immune and respiratory systems.
When your spine is out of alignment, vital communication is disrupted, and your nervous system can’t perform at its best.
As a spine specialist, your chiropractor will assess any misalignment and create an individual treatment plan for you. A spinal adjustment aligns your spine, allowing your nervous system to properly regulate your immune and respiratory systems.
Many people take antihistamines and other drugs for their allergies, and experience side effects such as drowsiness, dry mouth and headaches. Chiropractic care works naturally, helping you to reduce or eliminate your need for medications. Treatments address the source of problems, rather than just the symptoms.
Your chiropractor provides holistic, whole-body care that can improve your allergies and overall health.
Schedule Your Complimentary Consultation at Eastern Oklahoma Chiropractic
To start feeling better, contact our Broken Arrow office at 918-940-4630 today.