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It’s hard to tell, but warmer days really are just ahead. And with warming weather here in Reno and Sparks comes budding flowers and leaves, longer days, and… seasonal allergies! Runny noses, itchy eyes, sneezing and wheezing – these are all symptoms of seasonal springtime allergies that create hypersensitivity to pollen and other environmental substances. So, can holistic chiropractic help seasonal allergies? Here’s what to know.


Our bodies are designed to protect us from harmful substances. To do that, our immune systems use a few different methods to expel these substances, like coughing, sneezing, and vomiting. But an allergic response is something different, because your immune system is fighting against something that isn’t actually a danger. The allergic reaction is the result of an overactive immune system – it’s the body’s misinterpretation of a foreign substance, but not necessarily the substance itself.

With something like hay fever, specific immune cells in the body release histamines. The histamines prompt the body to try to expel foreign substances through excessive coughing and sneezing. If you go to the doctor, he or she will treat those symptoms with prescription or over-the-counter histamines. Unfortunately, there can be side effects with these medications – upset stomach, dry mouth, dry mouth, dizziness, headaches, and others.


There is research to suggest that chiropractic care can help reduce allergies for some people. That may be because a given patient’s hypersensitivity is unique, and a subluxation is only one of the potential causes of that hypersensitivity. When the spine isn’t properly aligned, it can cause a localized irritation that affects signals received by the nervous system. As these aberrant signals travel on the same path that inputs normal environmental messages, the body can react with an allergic response. A healthy body, on the other hand, can neutralize allergens instead of overreacting to their presence.

Here in Reno, Dr. McSweeney offers holistic chiropractic care that may be able to help those suffering with seasonal springtime allergies. She can use certain protocols to help desensitize you to plant and pollen sensitivities, and check your body’s immune function to test for any deficiencies in particular nutrition that may help support against allergy attacks.

Allerplex is a supplement sold in the office. It has Vitamins A and C to support the body’s ability to handle seasonal, environmental, and dietary challenges. It also supports the body’s natural ability to manage mucous movement, supports liver function, supports healthy lungs and respiratory function, and also contains a combination of key ingredients to help the symptoms and causes of allergies.

If you’re ready for relief from your seasonal allergies, schedule a consultation today.