Here is what you need to know about how chiropractic care can help improve your pollen allergies.
What Are Allergies?
Why does pollen make you feel so bad? When we see the yellow dust on our cars and outdoor surfaces, we know that we are going to battle allergy-related symptoms. However, the same thing that makes us sneeze and blow our noses is what makes spring so beautiful in our area. Without pollen, there are no blooming trees and beautiful wildflowers. It is not the pollen’s fault we feel bad.
Allergies are your body’s overreaction to what it deems to be harmful foreign pathogens. In other words, if your body thinks pollen is going to hurt you, it will work overtime to kick it out. So, when it’s pollen season, your body releases histamines to send the pollen packing. Unfortunately, those histamines cause your allergy symptoms. Often the resulting runny noses, itching eyes, and frequent sneezing are worse than whatever harm the pollen would have caused. The Asheville area has a number of plants and trees that send out the kind of pollen that causes allergies, including:
- Oak and Cedar trees
- Juniper trees
- Ash, Birch, and Maple Trees
- Ragweed and sagebrush
While pollen allergies are most commonly associated with spring, several plants pollinate throughout summer and fall as well. That means that some allergy sufferers get little reprieve from their symptoms.
How Chiropractic Care Can Help Allergy Sufferers
It might seem far-fetched to think that chiropractic care could fix pollen allergies. However, it makes sense when you consider what chiropractic really is. Chiropractic is a way of looking at the human body holistically. Every part of your body is connected to your spine. That means that if something is out of alignment in your spine, it can affect the way your brain responds to issues. Misalignments or subluxations in your spine could be contributing to your body’s reaction to pollen and foreign pathogens. Chiropractic care can help correct any subluxations and keep your spine aligned properly. If your spine is properly aligned, your nerves will send the correct signals to your brain. This process can improve a number of conditions, including pollen allergies.
There is no cure for pollen-related allergies. Typically, your doctor or allergist will recommend drugs and nasal sprays to treat the symptoms. Some of those drugs can be effective; however, they also come with an array of side effects, including:
- Drowsiness that can be extreme in some cases
- Dry mouth and dry eyes
- Headaches and vertigo
- Reduced blood pressure
- Infrequent or difficult urination
Many people in Asheville find that the drugs are not even worth the side effects. Essentially, people are often deciding whether to live in an allergy drug-related fog or a pollen-related fog. Either way, it is a decision that no one wants to make. The good news is you do not have to live in a fog during pollen season. You can find relief through chiropractic care.
Monitto Chiropractic in Asheville has had the pleasure of seeing many of our patients lift the spring fog. By receiving chiropractic treatments and practicing tips we provide regarding wellness and nutrition, people who once dreaded spring now love it. We live in an amazing place. Do not spend the season of new life hiding from pollen.
Contact Monitto Chiropractic to schedule an appointment, 7 days a week so you can begin winning the battle against seasonal allergies.
Want to learn more about our methods? Read our article, How the Y-Strap Adjustment Chiropractic Technique Can Change Your Life.