What You Need to Know About Chiropractic Care for Allergies

Thursday, 19 March 2020 13:21
What You Need to Know About Chiropractic Care for Allergies

Spring is arguably the most beautiful time of year in the Asheville area. Flowers are blooming and the colors of the season are vibrant. We have enjoyed a few rounds of snow showers this winter, and now is the perfect time to practice social distancing in the great outdoors and enjoy the incredible views of the blue ridge mountains.

Unfortunately, for many people, the arrival of spring also means allergies are reemerging. Allergy-sufferers everywhere are stocking up on antihistamines, essential oils, or whatever else they have found to relieve the sneezing, watery eyes and runny noses the season brings. For those who have found allergy medications and other approaches lacking, chiropractic care offers another way to treat seasonal allergy symptoms.

What Causes Allergies?

When your immune system perceives a foreign substance as a threat (even though it is not), it triggers the production of antibodies to fight back. This immune response can cause inflammation of your sinuses, airways, or skin, which we know as “allergies.” Depending on the person, allergies can range from mild to severe. Typically, seasonal allergies (eg hay fever) do not cause anaphylaxis. 

Common airborne allergens include:

  • Pollen: Tree pollen is often the cause of spring allergies. Tree types common to NC that are particularly problematic for those with pollen sensitivities are oak, ash, maple, birch, and sycamore. 
  • Mold: Mold thrives in moist, dark environments, and it travels easily through the air. The higher the mold concentration, the more issues it will cause for allergy-sufferers.
  • Dust: Dust mites are found in every home, but they can be reduced by regular vacuuming (or steam cleaning carpet), laundering bedding often and/or using allergy-proof covers, and utilizing air purifiers or HEPA filters.
  • Pet Dander: Dander (aka dead skin cells) is constantly being shed by many pets, such as cats, dogs, and rodents. Even pets classified as “hypoallergenic” shed dander. Dander easily clings to furniture, walls, carpet, clothes and household surfaces. It can even get into your air vents, causing it to spread throughout your home. 

Chiropractic Care and Your Immune System Response

There is a link between the nervous system and the immune system, which means, for chiropractic patients, an aligned spine can help regulate your immune system’s response to common allergens. Removing nerve interference (which is caused by misalignment of the spine), allows your immune system to function at its best. When your immune system is not working optimally, it can overreact to allergens, causing more severe allergy symptoms.

Chiropractic Care and Stress

Stress can further exacerbate allergy symptoms. Our adrenal glands produce the hormone cortisol, which reduces inflammation. The adrenal glands of those who suffer from chronic stress are often weaker (which means lower cortisol production). Since the nervous system and adrenal glands are connected, a properly aligned spine can help to strengthen the adrenal glands (increasing cortisol production).

Chiropractic Care and the Respiratory System

Like all of the body’s systems, the respiratory system depends on communication from your brain. When the brain’s signals are clear, the respiratory system will function better, enabling it to respond better to allergens.

Asthma and Chiropractic Care

Misalignments of the upper back are common in those who suffer from Asthma.  This can lead to shortness of breath and a breakdown of communication between the brain and the muscular system.  Chiropractors can help to repair these misalignments and that may resolve some underlying issues related to asthma complications.

Chiropractic care can improve communication between the brain and the body’s systems, allowing the body to function at its peak in the presence of allergens. At Monitto Chiropractic, we tailor a specific plan of action to meet your needs, goals, and unique medical and physical condition. Contact us for more information about how chiropractic care can provide relief from allergies.