As we enter into the latter half of the year, many Australians start to worry about the burden of allergies and hay fever. Many of us look to nasal sprays, eye drops and oral medications to treat our symptoms–but there are other options available. If you don’t want to rely entirely on medication for allergy relief, you may want to look into chiropractic care.
How chiropractic care treats allergy symptoms
When our immune systems encounter an irritant such as pollen, grass or dust, the body creates antibodies called immunoglobulin. This triggers the release of histamines. As the histamines work through our bodies, our blood pressure drops and our blood vessels dilate. While doctors don’t exactly know why this mechanism is triggered for some people and not others, stress is noted as a possible contributing factor.
Our immune systems and nervous systems are closely linked. Over time, chronic stress weakens our ability to produce the anti-inflammatory hormone cortisol by wearing out the adrenal glands. Without enough cortisol in our bodies, our allergic symptoms can worsen.
Thankfully, for chiropractic patients, the relationship between our immune systems and nervous systems is good news. Chiropractic care may aid the body’s allergic response by:
• Promoting a stronger immune system
Through spinal decompression or chiropractic adjustment, chiropractic doctors manipulate the joints and soft tissues in your body to open communication pathways between the brain and spine. This aids in promoting a stronger immune system by repairing misalignments of the neck that may compromise your immunity. You may consider booking a spinal check to find out if you have alignment issues.
• Regulating histamine and cortisol production
You may not know that the adrenal gland is fed directly by spinal nerves. This means an improperly aligned spine may impede cortisol production, increasing the severity of allergic symptoms. By adjusting spinal alignment, chiropractic care may help your body moderate allergic reactions.
Where to find a chiropractor for allergy treatment
If you’re looking for a chiropractor Sydney based, consider booking an appointment with us at My Chiro. We can discuss your individual needs and work together to create a plan for your treatment.