Health and Fitness Chiropractic Clinic
May 2018

Decrease Allergic Reactions With This Simple Step
Rick Galla

Allergies affect literally millions of people in the United States every year. While it is still largely unknown what exactly causes allergies, some specialists link the condition to our modern practice of childhood vaccination. The most common allergic reactions can happen when you come into contact with an allergen, such as dust, milk, pollen, dog or cat dander, or anything else that you might be allergic to. If you have an allergy to something and it gets into your system, your immune system will basically sense that the allergen has entered your body, and will kick into extra-high gear to get rid of it. In fact, your body then goes overboard to get rid of the allergen, which is exactly why people with allergies suffer allergic 'reactions' if they come into contact with their allergen.

In essence, allergic reactions are the most common type of immune disorder. Your body produces too many neutralizing chemicals to counteract the allergen, resulting in a 'reaction' that can be irritating, unpleasant, or even dangerous if it is very serious. At the very least, allergies are a pain and are extremely annoying. Even a small reaction can cause problems such as a runny nose, headaches, or watery eyes throughout your day.

What you might not have realized, however, is that chiropractic care can actually help you with your allergies. Chiropractic care does not necessarily treat or cure allergies themselves, but can help by boosting your body's ability to fight off infections, by improving your overall health, and by better-enabling the nervous system to communicate with the brain.

The basic chiropractic approach to allergies is pretty simple. If the nervous system is under stress due to a vertebral misalignment, then your allergies might be much worse than they would be if this stress did not exist. A lot of times we only associate chiropractic care with back pain, but it is much more than that. Nerves that run through the vertebral column connect every part of our body to our brain, which is exactly why stress in the vertebra can create such a problem. A misalignment or subluxation can result in transmission interference, which basically makes it harder for the brain to control all of the different parts of your body.

Your immune system is no different, and while chiropractic care does not necessarily treat or cure allergies, helping to alleviate nervous system stress will have a huge impact on how your immune system functions, because even your immune system receives it's orders from the brain... and your spine is the method of transmission. One study cites the following... "A healthy body is capable of neutralizing these toxic substances and a body which has malfunctioning defense mechanisms cannot. The emphasis on allergies must be on building a healthy body, not on trying to use evasive tactics by eliminating all the allergens."(Source: Donsback KW. Allergies. Huntington Beach, CA.: Int'l. Inst. Natural Health Sciences, 1980:8-9.)

Another review of young patients who were treated at a clinic located inside a chiropractic college found that children who regularly complained of sinus problems, ear infections, bed wetting, and even gastrointestinal problems sustained either substantial or complete improvement over 61% of the time! (Source: Nyiendo J, Olsen E. Characteristics of 217 children attending a chiropractic college teaching clinic. JMPT. 1988;11(2):78-84.)

If you suffer from allergies and have not been to the chiropractor recently, then making an appointment with one who understands the importance of spinal health for the entire body could very well result in treatment that will reduce the severity and occurrence of allergic reactions. Chiropractic care is used to help with overall heath, including allergies, and can make a huge difference in your life by helping your body with overall nerve signal transmission, which in turn promotes a healthier body and immune system.

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