Chiropractic: Help Control Your Spring Allergies!
What are common allergy triggers?
The main indoor allergens are dust mites, pets and some types of mould, while common outdoor allergens are pollen, ragweed, grass, trees and mould. In early spring, the first allergens to hit the air are from trees blossoming. Grass triggers symptoms in late spring and early summer, and ragweed causes problems in late summer. Mould spores are present all year round and are stirred up on windy days.
What makes my eyes itch and nose run?
Histamine is a chemical in everyone’s body, but when you have allergies, your body produces extra. This causes symptoms like congestion, sneezing, runny nose and itchy eyes.
What can I do to help control my allergies?
Traditional antihistamines help to dry up secretions relieving runny nose and itchy eyes but they can also cause drowsiness. Other over-the-counter medicines are histamine blockers that prevent the reaction from occurring and tend to be more effective without the side effects. Talk to your chemist about which medicine is suitable for you.
A natural approach is to take honey that is made locally. The theory behind this is that the bees make the honey with local pollens, and by eating the honey you are introducing the allergens so that your reaction is not as severe when you breathe in the pollen. Remember that this is not suitable for children under two years of age.
How Can Chiropractic Help My Allergies?
Current research shows there is a direct link between the nervous system and the immune system. Chiropractic care releases stress on the nervous system, allowing the immune system to function optimally. The body’s immune system helps with preventing disease and infection, dealing with stress and overall well being. The immune system also tackles the invasion in a body of foreign substances such as pollen and dust, and therefore dealing with the allergens more effectively, limiting or eliminating the amount of discomfort and medicine required.
On a more superficial level, chiropractic care can relieve the secondary symptoms that often arise with allergies: headaches, facial pain, and neck and shoulder tension. Through soft tissue techniques and spinal manipulation, these secondary complaints are relieved quite quickly.