WHAT ARE ALLERGIES?
An allergy occurs when your immune system over reacts to substances in the environment that are usually harmless to most people. Your body releases a chemical called histamine, which leads to inflammation in certain parts of the body depending on the type of allergen.
For those who suffer with allergic rhinitis, more commonly known as hay fever, inhaling the allergen pollen, found in higher amounts in springtime, brings about inflammation in the airways, and those affected often suffer one or many of symptoms such as
Secondary to this, people suffering from seasonal allergies may get headaches and neck stiffness due to the sinus and lymph congestion, and an overall fatigue.
COMMON TREATMENT OPTIONS
For people wanting to avoid over use of medications the following tips may also be of benefit:
HOW CAN CHIROPRACTIC HELP?
Chiropractic adjustments do not treat allergies or the immune system. Chiropractors remove interference to the nervous system by restoring correct vertebral motion, to thus allow the body to function and fight like it is meant to. Like all our bodies tissues, glands, cells and processes, our immune system is subject to control by our nervous system. A healthy and strong nervous system can more readily aid the body’s reaction to allergens. An immune system free of stress can more readily function to combat allergens effectively. (Alcantara, J., Van Roo, 2008. p 17)
Moreover, specific chiropractic techniques can also be beneficial to improve joint motion and muscle tension associated with the effects of excessive coughing and sneezing. In addition to this, sinus massage can help to drain the sinuses to prevent excessive and painful congestion.
by Dr Emma Wilkinson
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