Treatment for Allergies
Allergies are a symptom of disorder within the immune system. By ensuring the health of the immune system through chiropractic care, allergy sufferers can find relief without medication or allergy shots.
Patients are diagnosed with allergies when the body’s immune system overreacts to a substance that is not generally known to be harmful to people. This allergen, or trigger substance, binds itself to natural antibodies within the cells of the body, triggering the response of certain chemicals. These chemicals (histamines, for example) prompt the symptoms of allergies.
People are often allergic to animal hair; certain medications (aspirin, sulfonamides, and penicillin); inhaled substances such as dust, mold spores, and perfume; insect venom; and specific foods. The most commonly experienced symptoms include sneezing, rash, hives, swelling, cough, shortness of breath, skin irritation, and itchy, watery eyes.
The Downside to Allergy Medications and Allergy Shots
There are a number of reasons to avoid taking both prescribed and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs for allergies. Some of these reasons include:
- Allergy medications may lead to drowsiness. Dyphenhydramine, the active ingredient in many OTC sleeping pills, is also the main active ingredient in many antihistamines. Other reactions to antihistamines include impaired coordination, dizziness, hallucination, and gastrointestinal problems. Decongestants cause some patients to experience high blood pressure, nervousness, and heart palpitations.
- In addition to the side effects inherent to allergy medications, these drugs actually accomplish very little. In fact, they do nothing to cure allergies. They are used as a temporary measure to quell the symptoms of allergies.
- Immunotherapy (allergy shots) place a huge burden of stress on the immune system by forcing the allergic substance on the body in ever-increasing doses.
The Immune System and Chiropractic Care for Allergies
There is an important connection between the body’s immune system and central nervous system that must never be overlooked in any treatment of allergies. The central nervous system coordinates all the functions of the body, including immunity. When the nervous system is impaired due to misalignments within the spine, disorder in every part of the body is possible.
When the immune system is not working properly, it may begin to over-react to harmless substances. It’s important to note that the immune system may also be less able to fight infection (which explains why allergy sufferers tend to get sick more often than others). The objective of chiropractic treatment for allergy patients is to find and fix disorders of the spine in order to ensure proper immunity. By removing nerve interference, chiropractic adjustment allows the immune system to work properly.
Allergy Treatment in Sea Girt, NJ: Sea Girt Spine and Rehabilitation
Allergy medications have a number of unfortunate side effects. At Sea Girt Spine and Rehabilitation, we understand that many allergy patients feel that they must live with the side effects of allergy medications in order to relieve symptoms. This creates a negative pattern in which a basic need—to feel well—is no longer a possibility.
Chiropractic care offers a method of addressing the underlying reasons behind allergies in order to eliminate the issue altogether. This type of treatment works without drugs to radically improve allergy sufferers’ lives and improve immune system functioning. Contact our chiropractic office in Sea Girt, NJ to learn more about allergy treatment.