Can Chiropractic Help with Allergies?
Spring is upon us! And with it are spring time allergies. Around 50 million Americans suffer from seasonal allergies. For Americans who suffer from nasal and seasonal allergies, the costs very quickly add up. It is currently estimated that between doctor visits, prescriptions, and time missed from work, these allergies cost in excess of 18 billion dollars each year. Did you know that chiropractic can help you to manage those bothersome allergy symptoms?
The strength of both the immune and respiratory systems depends largely on proper communication between the brain and spinal cord. When there are interruptions in this communication such as misalignments of the neck, immunity may be compromised. Irritation to the upper cervical joints can exaggerate or even produce allergic and asthmatic symptoms. Through manipulation of the joints and soft tissue, a chiropractor can help restore alignment and open the necessary pathways of communication between the brain and spine.
In addition to promoting a stronger immune system, adjustments may also help regulate the influx of histamine and the amount of cortisol produced during high allergy season. The majority of allergies involve a release of inflammatory producing substances such as histamine. Adequate production of cortisol, an anti-inflammatory hormone produced by the adrenal gland is necessary to combat this. Understandably, many allergy sufferers are also found to have weak adrenal gland function. The adrenal gland is fed directly by the T9 spinal level nerve root, meaning once again, that spinal misalignments can greatly impact allergic reactions. By helping to maintain balance and regulation of important allergy-fighting hormones, a chiropractor can help allergy sufferers find relief and lessen reliance on anti-histamines.
If you are among the millions of Americans who suffer from allergies, chiropractic may be a solution to help minimize your symptoms. Watkins Family Chiropractic can help identify any underlying neck or back misalignments which may be compromising your immune system. Make an appointment today at 952-440-4553!