Beat Summer Allergies with Chiropractic Care

Did You Knew?

That You Can Beat Summer Allergies with Chiropractic Care?

You may be familiar with the fact that chiropractic adjustments can improve many conditions, but what you may not be aware of is that chiropractic care can have a positive impact on allergies and asthma too. If you are a suffer from seasonal allergies or asthma, read on to see how your chiropractor can help.

What Causes Allergic Reactions?

Your immune system recognizes and removes harmful substances from your body. Inflammation, sneezing, coughing, and vomiting are methods the immune system uses to expel any dangerous substance ingested by you. An allergic response is when your immune system activates against a substance that is usually considered harmless. Essentially, the allergic reaction is caused not by the substance itself but by your body’s interpretation the substance is potentially harmful.

What Happens Inside the Body?

When an allergic reaction starts, the body activates special immune cells called mast cells. On the surface of their membranes, these mast cells possess receptors that recognize substances considered either harmful or helpful to the body. When harmful substances are detected, the cells release histamines. These chemicals sensitize the body to react, which then attempts to remove harmful substances by sneezing, coughing, etc.

Why Do People Get Allergies?

No one knows for sure why people become allergic to relatively harmless substances. One theory about allergies suggests that your body is hypersensitive if you’re a hypersensitive person. For example, if you have a high sensitivity to stress, your body also reflects this sensitivity. Since the body and the mind are connected entities, this theory makes sense. Stress reduction techniques designed to improve mind-body interactions are often successful in reducing this problem. The end result is a lessening of allergic symptoms in some patients.

Another theory is that an allergic reaction is an interpretation of your environment. In order to interpret, your body must first get information. The nervous system is part of this information-gathering function of the body. If your nervous system is dysfunctional, then the information interpreted will be altered, and this makes you vulnerable to abnormal reactions like allergies.

The Immune System Link

A chiropractor’s job is fairly straightforward: to make sure your spine is in alignment. What this translates too as far as your health is concerned isn’t as straightforward. Research shows, however, that there is a direct link between the nervous system and the immune system. When your chiropractor removes nerve interference, that will allow your immune system to work optimally.

When an immune system is functioning well it helps to prevent disease and infection, helps you to deal with stress and basically makes sure you’re healthy overall. It also tackles the invasion of foreign substances like pollution, dust, and pollen and heads them off before they can do damage. If your immune system is not functioning well it can lead to you getting sick, your body overreacting to things like bee stings, foods, pollen and drugs and even make you depressed. Keeping your spine aligned is the first step to a healthy immune system.

So, if your immune system is functioning at its best then it will be able to keep out the invaders that make you sick, like pollen, mold or dust. It will work right and instead of making you sicker, it will help you to stay well. That means that being in alignment can help symptoms you may be having from seasonal allergies.

Asthma

In people who suffer from asthma, misalignments are common in the upper back. This can lead to shortness of breath and a kind of short circuit between the brain and the muscles. Chiropractic treatment can help to repair these misalignments and that may help with some of the underlying issues related to complications from asthma.

Can Chiropractic Help With Allergies?

In order for your chiropractor to help keep your body’s ability to heal at its optimal level, you need to have regular adjustments. If you fail to do this, then your body could go right back into a state of dysfunction again, which will make you more susceptible to sickness or disease. It’s also important to remember to exercise and eat right in order to keep your immune system strong as well. Your chiropractor can also help with dietary counseling as well as talk with you about exercises that would be best for your specific issues.
If you suffer allergies, consider chiropractic as one of your potential powerful options.

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