Spring and summer commonly brings a nasty onslaught of allergic reactions and cold-like symptoms. If you are struggling with a snotty nose, itchy eyes, skin rashes or headaches, then you might have allergies. Allergies are common, with the AAAAI (American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology) reporting 40-50 percent of school-aged children struggle with one or more general allergens. It has been estimated that the annual cost of allergies in the U.S. cost the health care system $7.9 billion.
What are Allergies?
Allergic reactions occur when your body believes common allergen particles (such as pollen or dust) are more than just a nascence and starts waging a war against them. Your body overreacts, because it is incorrectly diagnosing the problem. Allergies might stem from foods or environment, and the body may be able to be retrained to accept them as no threat with the right treatments.
How Can a Chiropractor Help My Allergies?
It’s important to first understand that chiropractic therapy is good for your entire body. The work done helps open up the nerve and vein passageways, increasing the flow of blood and nutrients and reducing inflammation and irritation. By adjusting the spine and relaxing the muscles, your body will be able to focus on health and balance.
Nerves directly affect the immune system and our hands-on approach is based on the belief that all systems stem back to the spine as the hub or central station. Spinal manipulations reduce the stress placed on the nervous system and help lessen your symptoms with a healthy immune system.
Why Not Just Take Meds?
We know drugs seem like the easy answer, but we also know how dangerous the side effects can be. When drugs are masking the problem, then your body cannot communicate its reactions. It is comparable to blindfolding your guide. When allergy medications open your airways, so you can breathe, they also let in the substances to which you are allergic. When you go off of the medications, you can feel worse as your body tries to get the allergens out of your system. Allergy medications could also lead to serious problems in the future, harming your liver, kidney, heart and more.
Are allergies driving you crazy? Tell us what you are allergic to in the comments below and what natural remedies you use to keep the allergens at bay. Ask how our Atlas Orthogonal Adjustments might help with your neck pain, shoulder pain or headaches!