• Dr. Nicole Knapp

Chiropractic Care for Allergy Symptoms

With longer days and warmer temperatures, the spring season is on its way and soon the air will be full of allergens. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (ACAAI), more than 50 million Americans will be sneezing and irritated thanks to seasonal allergies.

An allergy is a chronic hypersensitivity to a substance that is considered harmless by most other people. For those with a sensitivity to pollen, hay fever strikes in spring and fall. Pollen, dust mites, grass, mold, and weeds are common allergens.

An allergic reaction is caused by a chain reaction that starts with your genes and is expressed by your immune system. For those with hay fever, your immune system identifies pollen as harmful substance in the body and begins producing antibodies known as Immunoglobulin E (IgE). These antibodies trigger the release of histamines that trigger the allergic reaction. The histamines trigger an inflammatory response that manifests in symptoms such as sneezing, wheezing, itching, and breathing difficultly.

Since the nervous system and immune system are closely linked, chiropractic adjustments can help alleviate allergy symptoms. Both the immune and respiratory system rely on communication between the brain and spinal cord. A misalignment in the spine can interrupt the communication and compromise the immune system. Chiropractic care can help strengthen the immune system by ensuring proper communication between the brain and the spinal cord.

As a holistic approach to health, chiropractic care is one way that patients can manage their allergy symptoms without medications. Chiropractic care won't remove the allergy reactions, but can help alleviate the day to day symptoms. Individuals who are regularly adjusted usually notice reductions in allergy symptoms

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