Fall allergy season is upon us. More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies each and every year, and allergies are considered to be one of the leading health concerns today. If you live in the Lincoln, Nebraska area, you know allergy season is no joke, but how can chiropractic care help? When people think of chiropractors, they often think of back and neck pain, so how can they help with allergies?
What Are Allergies?
At its base, an allergy is a condition where your immune system reacts abnormally to a foreign substance. This is when your immune system produces antibodies that identify something foreign, such as pollen, as harmful to your body when it isn’t. These allergies can manifest through itching, sneezing, a runny nose, or even rashes and definitely are not fun to deal with.
How Are Allergies Treated?
Allergy treatment can often include over the counter medication, steroids, and even prescription medications. Allergy medication, sprays, and creams are not fun to have to take during the fall and spring months. A result many people who are under chiropractic care have noticed is a reduction in allergy symptoms, which makes those allergies easier to manage in their day to day life.
Combating Allergies with Chiropractic Care
Now you may be wondering, how exactly can a chiropractor help with combating allergies? The immune and respiratory systems rely on communication between the brain and the spinal cord to function properly. If there is a misalignment in your spine, the communication between your brain and spinal cord may be compromised. If your immune system is functioning properly, it helps you deal with stress, fight off sickness and allergies, and make you much healthier overall. So, through a chiropractic spinal alignment, the necessary pathways for communication between your brain and spinal cord are opened up.
So if your immune system is functioning well, you are less likely to be affected by seasonal allergies. Your immune system won’t react as strongly to foreign substances such as pollen, airborne mold, or other common allergens. Research has shown that having regular spinal alignments can help with allergy symptoms.
Now, you may not normally connect chiropractors to allergies, but we encourage you to seriously consider going to your local chiropractor for allergy relief in the future. Chiropractic care is a safe and effective way to help your body reduce stress and tension which then allows your body to focus more on its other functions like your immune system. Spinal misalignment can happen overnight from sleeping wrong, cell phone usage, improper posture, and other daily activities. Through adjustments, chiropractic care will help relieve the misalignment in your spine that can cause miscommunication between your brain and spinal cord, which will allow your immune system to function better and work harder to fight off allergies.
If you or a loved one suffer from allergies, consider making an appointment today with one of the doctors here at Fletcher Chiropractic! Call us at 402-261-5766 to schedule your appointment.
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