While so many of us are excited for spring, with warmer weather, the return of green grass, and the budding trees, there’s one thing that really holds people back from enjoying it—seasonal allergies.
More than 50 million people suffer from allergies in the United States alone.
Allergic rhinitis, which is often referred to as hay fever, is a common condition caused by allergic sensitivity to pollens from trees, grasses or weeds, or to airborne mold spores. It can cause symptoms such as sneezing, stuffy nose, runny nose, watery or itchy eyes, and scratchy throats.
Those who suffer from allergies often dread the springtime, having to limit their time outside for fear of severe symptoms.
But fear no more!
Your chiropractor can actually help relieve your allergies. It may seem far-fetched that a spinal adjustment could have anything to do with your allergies, but we’re here to prove to you that it can.
First, let’s dive into what causes allergies. Generally speaking, your immune system recognizes and removes harmful substances from the body, when functioning correctly. But occasionally, your immune system goes into protection mode against a substance that is usually considered harmless.
Then, your body goes into protection mode. It tries to remove the substance, sometimes by sneezing or coughing. These are the symptoms you feel when you’re suffering from allergies.
While adjusting your spine can seem like a pretty straightforward concept, it might become cloudy when thinking about the effects it has on the body.
A misalignment in the spine blocks the proper flow of information through the nervous system to the brain, which weakens your immune system. By getting a chiropractic adjustment, you can bring balance to your nervous system and improve your immune system in return.
A healthy nervous system keeps all other systems of your body functioning properly, including your immune system. Since the brain, spinal cord, and spinal nerves compromise the nervous system, receiving a chiropractic adjustment can help your nervous system function better. This, in turn, helps your entire body work better.
If your immune system is functioning properly, your body will stop overreacting to perceived allergens. When it overreacts, the body over-produces mucus, which builds up to the point where it causes upper respiratory infections, sinus infections, and even digestive problems
To get ahead of allergy season, schedule a spinal adjustment today. Your chiropractor can work with you to strengthen your immune system, align your spine, and allow your body to function better as it fights off allergies.