Allergies and chiropractic: your springtime ally

Spring is taking my breath away… because I’m allergic to pollen! I love to be outside but these allergies are killing me. Anyone else suffering from spring allergies this season?

An allergy is a hyper-reaction of the immune system to what would normally be a harmless substance, like pollen. These substances are perceived by the body as dangerous and thus, our body goes into defense mode (i.e. sneezing, runny nose, congestion, etc…) to warn us to stay away from that stuff.

Allergic subjects produce a type of antibody, immunoglobulins E, which interact with allergens to release histamine and from which arise all the annoying reactions we know. Allergies are not only inhaled, but also occur through food and contact.

The symptoms are usually runny nose, sneezing, mucus, breathing difficulty and itchy eyes. Sound familiar? Then you may be suffering with allergies like me. What can we do?

We can of course follow the advice of our doctor and take seasonal medicines that reduce our annoyances, ie antihistamines. But is there something more natural that we can do! This is where chiropractic can help us. 

It has now been shown that vertebral subluxations and misalignments in the neck and back can cause immune dysfunctions. Through chiropractic adjustments, we free the body of any interference and our body can start to recognize those dangerous allergic substances and adapt better.

In fact, chiropractic adjustments help to re-establishing the natural position of the spine which allow peripheral and perceptive communications of the nervous system to become efficient again. Then the body no longer responds suspiciously to substances that are not toxic in themselves. Which means that you feel better when you get adjusted!