In the industrialized world, a growing number of individuals are affected by allergies. Currently, the numbers are between 10-30 percent of the total population and are increasing steadily. For Americans who suffer from nasal and seasonal allergies, the costs very quickly add up. It is currently estimated that between doctor visits, prescriptions, and time missed from work, these allergies cost in excess of 3 billion each year. Of course, with Spring just around the corner, the familiar sneezing and itchy, watery eyes can be expected to come out in full force. For allergy sufferers, the welcome break from winter is not entirely pleasant.
Seasonal or not, all allergies are the result of an exaggerated response by the immune system to substances that it recognizes as foreign. In allergic persons, the immune system produces a specific antibody known as immunoglobulin E (IgE) in response to pollen, pet dander, foods, dust, and other matters which then produces the symptoms of an allergic reaction. Of course, there are medications to help control the allergic response and provide relief from symptoms. There are even medications that will be life-saving in the event of severe allergic reactions. However, in addition to treating symptoms, there are other steps which can be taken to boost the immune system and lessen allergic reactions.
HOW CAN A CHIROPRACTOR HELP WITH ALLERGIES?
The strength of both the immune and respiratory systems depends largely on proper communication between the brain and spinal cord to control and coordinate their functions properly. When there are interruptions in this communication such as misalignments of the neck, immunity may be compromised. This upper cervical joint irritation can exaggerate or even produce allergic and asthmatic symptoms. Through manipulation of the joints and soft tissue either through traditional chiropractic adjustment or spinal decompression, a chiropractor can help restore alignment and open the necessary pathways of communication between the brain and spine.
In addition to promoting a stronger immune system, adjustments may also help regulate the rush of histamine and amount of cortisol produced during high allergy season. The majority of allergies involve release of inflammatory producing substances such as histamine. Adequate production of cortisol, an anti-inflammatory hormone produced by the adrenal gland is necessary to combat this. Understandably, many allergy sufferers are also found to have weak adrenal gland function. What many do not realize is that the adrenal gland is fed directly by the T9 spinal level nerve root, meaning once again, that spinal misalignments can greatly impact allergic reactions. By helping to maintain balance and regulation of important allergy-fighting hormones, a chiropractor can help allergy sufferers find relief and lessen reliance on anti-histamines.
Along with spinal adjustments, chiropractors typically offer helpful lifestyle and nutritional advice to patients based on their specific needs. Chiropractic is a holistic method of medicine which recognizes that the human body is healthier and functions at a higher level when all aspects of health are taken into account, including physical, nutritional, and environmental. For allergy sufferers, certain foods and environmental factors may improve or worsen their symptoms. A chiropractor can help you determine lifestyle and dietary changes that may serve to lessen allergy symptoms and improve overall comfort and health.
If you are among the millions of Americans who suffer from a wide range of allergies, there may be a solution to help minimize your symptoms. A chiropractor can help identify any underlying neck or back misalignments which may be compromising your immune system. Furthermore, they can help you determine best practices and eating habits to help keep allergic reactions at bay.
To learn more about how SouthEast Chiropractic: The Motion Centers helps patients find both allergy and asthma relief, request a chiropractic appointment at our Gastonia and Belmont, NC offices. Our physicians will gladly assess your systems, identify trouble areas, and develop a course of treatment to help provide relief.