What do you think of when I say “the warm weather is here!”?
Some of you are thinking that would be a great time for a hike or weekend camping trip, but, even more of you just heard, “Pollen, grass, weeds, pet dander, molds, ALLERGY SEASON.” Am I right?
If allergies are preventing you from getting out and enjoying your life, or worse, you find yourself fighting a day to day battle just to survive the havoc your allergies have sprung on you, then you need to pay attention to what I have to share with you right now.
Allergy suffers have been told their entire life that they are allergic to something—pollen, pets, a specific food. But why is it that one person can be allergic to a certain pollen or nut, suffer an allergic reaction, and yet another person is perfectly fine when exposed to that same allergen? Is it the plant or nut’s fault? No! By itself, that allergen is inherently harmless.
So why do some people have allergic reactions? What we have been calling allergies is actually our immune system being triggered into an exaggerated frenzy or outburst over what is normally a harmless substance. Allergies occur when the immune system encounters an irritant and mistakes it as harmful, attacking it with far more ferocity than needed. And you know what that translates to symptomatically? Itching, sneezing, sinus pressure, restricted airways, coughing, mucus, bloating, indigestion, even nausea and vomiting depending on the severity. These reactions can occur across the entire body and may even be life threatening.
So how do you fix that problem? Most of us will reach out for an easy answer, give me something I can take to make it disappear, right? We’ll ask our doctors for anti-histamines, corticosteroids, or immunosuppressant therapies. Now, in an acute situation those therapies are necessary and can be life-saving. For example, if you’re allergic to bees, you better have an Epi-pen nearby!
But managing allergies with drugs over a long period of time is a poor lifestyle management plan because long term use backfires! Have you noticed it takes twice the Claritin it used to in order to get through the day? Or even worse, you need twice the Claritin and some Flonase just to get through it? Why is that? These drugs are suppressing your body’s immune response to what it thinks is a harmful substance. The key word there is suppressing. You’re turning the volume down on your body’s natural defense system. Continue to turn that volume down, and over a long enough time, your body’s immune system will be on mute!
This sounds like a bleak outlook on managing your allergies. And I agree, this sounds like a horrible way to live! But lucky for all of us, the immune system is intricately connected to your nervous system. Yes, allergies can be positively affected and managed with chiropractic care!
I want to share with you the results of a landmark study that was published by The Journal of Orthopedic Surgery in 2004 that examined the effect of spinal misalignments in over 3,000 people with allergies. X-Ray evidence and physical exams proved that 98% of these allergy patients had remarkably similar vertebral misalignments in their mid-back. Over 88% of the people with dermatitis who received consistent spinal adjustments showed massive improvement in skin itching and over 71% showed improvement in overall skin condition. Compare that to 0% improvement of the patients who did not receive adjustments. Listen to this conclusion directly from the study:
“We can state that a treatment that cannot fundamentally treat spinal problems will not fundamentally improve conditions such as atopic dermatitis, bronchial asthma, pollinosis, and allergic coryza.”
Do you understand how powerful that conclusion is? This study found the ONLY way to treat allergies is by correcting the spinal problems in the thoracic spine! That’s HUGE! That’s great news for chiropractic patients!
The beneficial effects of chiropractic adjustments on the nervous system are well documented, so it’s not surprising many of our chiropractic patients report a reduction of allergy symptoms when treated regularly for vertebral misalignments. Misalignment or dysfunctional movements of vertebra will cause irritation in the spine, which then creates an abnormal signal received by the central nervous system. When this abnormal signal occurs along the same pathway required for the input of normal environmental messages, the body may not interpret the information correctly. When this occurs, an allergic reaction can result. By improving the communication between the brain and spinal cord, chiropractic care can help regulate and coordinate the body’s reaction to allergens.
If you or a loved one is suffering with allergies, I highly recommend our Living Well Balanced Allergy assessment and plan. Over two visits my team and I will analyze your cellular health composition, posture, alignment and motion, and conduct other scientifically based measures to create and present a comprehensive plan to correct the root causes of your allergies and provide long lasting relief. My Team and I will adjust any spinal misalignments associated with allergies here in our office, and provide as appropriate other therapies right here in our office including massage with essential oils, personal training, nutrition and supplementation. We educate our patients as to how they can strengthen their immune system, regulate stress hormones, support their respiratory system, and educate them on proper lifestyle support as well.
If you are local, please call our office at (919) 926-8890 for a consultation and together we will construct a treatment plan specific to your spine and your whole body needs, to finally rid you of your allergies, in a healthy and drug-free way.
If you are not local to where I can help you, please contact a chiropractor near you to check your spine to see if chiropractic care for your allergies is right for you.
If you have more questions about how chiropractic can help alleviate your allergies, or if you want to share your success stories about how chiropractic has helped improve your allergies, please send me a note.