Northern Nevada residents have been living with unhealthy to hazardous air quality for weeks upon weeks recently, thanks to two enormous wildfires nearby. If you’re noticing the effects on your health, you aren’t alone. Headaches, nausea, irritated sinus, and stinging eyes can all be caused by the ongoing haze. The good news is that chiropractic care care help relieve symptoms of wildfire smoke.
THE HEALTH EFFECTS OF SMOKE
According to the CDC, some people experience symptoms that are similar to sinus infections and include headaches, sore throat, runny nose and fatigue. Other symptoms include coughing, shortness of breath, irritated sinuses, and more. More sensitive populations, which include the elderly, pregnant women, children, or those with chronic heart and lung conditions, are more likely to experience a more severe version of these symptoms.
While the general recommendation is to stay inside to limit exposure, rinse stinging eyes with saline, and stay hydrated, chiropractic care can offer another way to find relief.
THE ROLE OF CHIROPRACTIC
Exposure to smoke, especially weeks on end, interferes with your immune’s system important work of keeping your body heathy. Chiropractic adjustments offer an immune boost, something that can be particularly effective with the ongoing wildfire smoke in our valleys if you’re dealing with sinus pressure and headaches. Plus, chiropractic adjustments can help breathing mechanics for improved chest expansion and flexibility.
At this point, we can only wait for the firefighters and Mother Nature to put out the fires. But minimizing the effects of the smoke that persists in our valleys is possible. If you have questions about how chiropractic care can help you feel better during this difficult time, Dr. McSweeney is happy to help. Contact us today or schedule an appointment.