If you suffer from allergies, you know it’s not just a nuisance. When left untreated, allergies can be a huge obstacle to normal functioning. And when medications aren’t the answer for you, where do you turn for relief? Many people are pleasantly surprised to find that chiropractic can help them treat their allergies without the use of drugs.
Allergies come in many shapes and forms. Some people experience frequent attacks of sneezing, itchy eyes, runny nose, and skin problems such as hives and eczema. Allergies can even cause dangerous complications like vomiting, labored breathing, and death.
An allergy is an immune response that results in the body overreacting to allergens. Allergens vary widely depending on the person; people can be allergic to pollen, insect bites, certain foods, or materials such as latex.
When the allergen enters the body—through any one of a number of portals such as the skin, mouth, or nose—the body’s immune system organizes an attack against the perceived invader. In normal immune responses, substances such as pet hair or pollen do not produce a reaction, as they are basically harmless. In a person with an allergy, though, the immune system overproduces the elements of the defense mechanism, and therefore incites a negative reaction to the allergen, manifested through symptoms like itchy eyes and runny nose.
You might be asking yourself how all this relates to chiropractic. Most people perceive chiropractic as a method to cure back pain. While this is a common application of chiropractic care, it is far from being its only use. The nervous system, which consists of the brain, spinal cord, and the nerves that carry messages from the brain to the rest of the body, control bodily function. A nervous system that is working properly helps the body to change and adjust to its surroundings; an impaired nervous system produces inappropriate responses such as allergic reactions.
Chiropractic therapy can help discover and treat the disruptions in your nervous system that contribute to disordered reactions, thus assisting you in finding relief for your allergies.
Much of our immune system is in our gut so imbalances there can contribute to allergies. Our functional questionnaire and specific testing can help determine where and how the gut may not be functioning properly. We can then develop a nutritional program along with your chiropractic care to re-balance this key area of the immune system.
If you have allergies and would like to find out how chiropractic and nutrition can give you respite from your constant symptoms, call us for a consultation. Together, we can find a way to help your nervous system make appropriate responses to the world around you.