Spring isn’t far off, and for many people, that means more than warmer weather and longer days. Millions of Americans deal with seasonal allergies, which means managing all kinds of unpleasant symptoms with sprays, creams, and medications. But there are other options. If you’re gearing up for springtime allergies, here’s why you should should try chiropractic care.
When the immune system considers a foreign substance threatening, it triggers the body’s production of antibodies to fight back. When these substances are harmless and your body launches an immune response, with inflamed skin, airways, and sinuses, you’re dealing with what’s known as allergies.
Allergy symptoms can vary, and may include:
- Clogged ears
- Dry, itchy skin
- Postnasal drip
- Sore throat
- Watery, itchy eyes
These seasonal allergies, AKA “hay fever,” aren’t typically severe enough to cause something like anaphylaxis. But they can be bad enough to make you feel pretty miserable.
So, how can chiropractic care help?
You might be surprised to learn that spinal misalignments can play a big role in your body’s overreaction to harmless foreign substances. A misalignment in the spine interferes with the body’s internal communication system, which impedes the immune system (and every other system in the body). An immune system that can’t function properly means your body will continue overreacting to what it perceives as harmful allergens. A simple adjustment can work wonders for restoring alignment and communication between the spine and nervous system so that everything is functioning as it should. When your immune system is operating as it’s meant to, it will stop overreacting to substances that aren’t harmful.
Common airborne allergens include dust mites, mold, pet dander and pollen. It’s a good idea to keep floors vacuumed, wash bedding frequently, switch to hypoallergenic mattresses if possible, and run an air purifier in your home. If you find that traditional treatment options, like prescription and OTC allergy medications, shots, sprays, and creams are easing your allergy symptoms but aren’t worth the side effects, like drowsiness, nausea, dizziness, or dry mouth, it’s helpful to know that there are other options. Chiropractic care is an all-natural way to improve springtime allergy symptoms with zero negative side effects.
Learn more about how chiropractic care can help your springtime allergies. Schedule an appointment with Dr. McSweeney today.