Allergies are a growing concern in modern society over the past several years. They range from seasonal allergies like a stuffy nose or sneezing around pollen and grass, to severe food allergies like consuming dairy or gluten can lead to anaphylaxis (a potentially deadly immune reaction to consumption of this food). As more of the population develop allergies, more research is being done on treatment options. Regular chiropractic treatments have been found to reduce the symptoms of mild to moderate allergies (ICPA, Chiropractic Care in asthma and allergy), and it is well established in the literature that chiropractic care gives an overall boost to immune function (Perspectives on Chiropractic and Immunity).
Symptoms of Mild to Moderate Allergies
· Sneezing when exposed to allergen (i.e. pollen, mold, grass)
· Asthma or respiratory responses to allergen
· Hives, itching, or other skin response to allergen
· Watery or itchy eyes
Treatment Options for Allergies
· Medications – prescribed or over the counter
· Dietary restrictions (i.e. avoiding foods that contain a known allergen like dairy or wheat)
· Supplements that support healthy immune responses, like DHIST and DHist Jr (for kids)
· Take a high quality probiotic daily (Chalk CS, Chalk AJ …)
· Chiropractic adjustments!
How Can Chiropractic Help With Allergies?
Allergies are caused by an overactive immune system. The body’s immune system over-reacts to a usually normal stimulus that it is exposed to. It has been observed by many chiropractors over the course of time that individuals who seek chiropractic care on a regular basis (whether weekly, biweekly, or monthly) have decreased number of infections and allergy symtoms, are sick less often and less intense, and recover quicker if they do get sick. In fact, it has been found that patients who see a chiropractor on a regular basis have a 60.2% decrease in hospital admissions, 59% decrease of days spent in the hospital, 62% decrease in outpatient surgeries, and 85% decrease in pharmaceutical costs (Perspectives on Chiropractic and Immunity). Every system of our body is controlled by the nervous system, including the immune system. Therefore, keeping your nervous system healthy and free of interference will keep your immune system working optimally as well!
If you have any questions or think you may benefit from chiropractic care, call our office at 231-726-6355.