Does the sight of spring flowers blooming or autumn leave falling fill you with dread? Allergies can be seasonal or more pervasive, filling your heart with dread and your head with congestion. Before you reach for an over-the-counter medication that will leave you groggy or prescription medication with nasty side effects, find out how a chiropractor might be the answer to all your questions.
What are Allergies?
Essentially, allergies are the result of your immune system working overtime to keep damaging and harmful substances out of your body via coughing, inflammation and even vomiting, in some cases. For some patients, the immune system is triggered by a normally innocuous substance, which is generally harmless to much of the population. When you come into contact with substances your body deems harmful, histamines are released in order to spur your body to remove what it perceives to be harmful contaminants.
Despite vast amounts of research, scientists still aren't entirely sure why some people develop allergies to harmless, everyday substances. What they have determined, though, is that stress likely plays a strong role in these reactions. There's also a strong connection between the nervous and immune systems, which means that interference along the spinal cord could cause an uptick in allergic symptoms during times of stress, or when subluxations are present.
How Can a Chiropractor Treat Allergies?
If the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a chiropractor is popping and cracking for relief from back pain, you're not alone. It's a commonly held misconception that chiropractors only treat back pain; the truth is, they complete as many classrooms and residency hours as a medical doctor with a focus on the impact poor spinal health can have throughout the body.