Chiropractic Care for Allergy Relief
The number of Americans who suffer from allergies, particularly nasal allergies, is increasing steadily over time. Currently, it is estimated that between 10 and 30 percent of the total population struggles with them in some way. Depending on the severity, these people are likely to have to take time off work, use medications, and visit doctors to manage their symptoms. However, chiropractic care can also offer relief that seeks to address underlying factors that worsen allergies. When you visit Marietta chiropractors Drs. Amber and Steve Landry, they will be able to align the body so that it can better withstand allergens—even during pollen season!
What Are Allergies?
Generally speaking, an allergy is an exaggerated immune system response to substances that are considered foreign. When a person is allergic to something and their system is presented with it, the immune system produces specific antibodies. This commonly occurs as a reaction to pet dander, dust, pollen, or specific foods. The severity of the response can range from mild and annoying to severe and fatal, depending on the person and the substance.
There is no known single cause of allergies, nor is there a cure. Instead, allergies are managed with medication when it is impossible to avoid the irritant or when the symptoms are mild. The most common allergies are to airborne particles like dust and pollen, which cannot be avoided, but produce symptoms like itchy eyes, headaches, and a runny nose. Severe food allergies in particular may require complete avoidance as they are more likely to be fatal.
How Can Chiropractic Care Help?
Because allergies are largely an immune response, a strong immune system can be helpful in managing symptoms, as can a strong respiratory system. Like all systems in the body, both immune and respiratory health rely on communication between the brain and the rest of the body—via the spinal cord—to ensure proper functioning. Interruptions in this communication, such as a misalignment in the spine or neck, may cause these systems to break down and immunity to be compromised. Severe misalignments can lead to allergic and asthmatic symptoms both without the proper adjustments and realignment from a chiropractor.
In addition to these benefits, regular chiropractic adjustments can also help to regulate the histamine and cortisol produced by the body during allergy season. In most allergic reactions, histamines and other inflammatory producing substances are released, while anti-inflammatories like cortisol are released to counteract these. In many people with allergies, the adrenal gland that controls cortisol is weak, leaving them without that piece of the equation. The adrenal gland can actually be strengthened by addressing issues in the nerve that runs through the ninth thoracic vertebra, which can be done through adjustments. In this way, chiropractic care can provide the necessary hormonal balance that lessens allergy symptoms.
Drs. Amber and Steve Landry of United Chiropractic seek to bring about relief for those suffering from allergies. Whether you have mild or severe symptoms, schedule a consultation today to determine how chiropractic care may be able to help you reduce your symptoms and live your life again.