Sniffles, Sneezes, and… Chiropractic?
Spring has arrived, and with it follows a slew of pollen and other allergens in the air. In today's world, allergies and allergy-related disorders are becoming much more common. Nasal allergies alone affect more than 50 million people in the United States today, and the number continues to grow. Maybe you’ve tried conventional treatments in the past, dealt with the ensuing grogginess, and thought: there has to be more than this. You may be right! So, what is this miracle cure? Some other pill? An injection? Removing the sinuses altogether? Actually, it’s something far less invasive and far more natural: chiropractic.
We understand how that might sound confusing, so let us explain why chiropractic is a fantastic option for handling allergies.
When your immune system is functioning effectively, it recognizes and eliminates potentially harmful substances from your body. However, your immune system will sometimes go into defense mode towards a substance that is typically safe.
Mast cells, which are specialized immune cells, are released when the body experiences an allergic reaction. On the surface of their membranes, these mast cells have receptors that detect compounds that are either dangerous or useful to the host. When these cells detect what they perceive to be a threat, histamines are released. The body reacts to these histamines by attempting to eliminate the pollutants through sneezing, coughing, and other mechanisms.
Conventional Treatments and Their Flaws
If you've ever used allergy meds, you'll know that they're far from magic cures. Most of them cause drowsiness and other unpleasant side effects, making it difficult to function. Despite the fact that pills with a "non-drowsy" formula appear to be ideal, if you have specific health conditions, such as high blood pressure, you're stuck either taking the ones that make you exhausted or sucking it up and dealing with your allergies going untreated.
Chiropractic: the Unexpected Wonder
It might sound strange that chiropractic can help with allergies, but let’s work through the reasons one at a time. First, a misalignment of the spine hinders the proper transmission of information from the nervous system to the brain, causing your immune system to falter. Second, a chiropractic adjustment can help to regulate your nervous system and, in turn, your immune system. And finally, as a result, receiving a chiropractic adjustment improves the overall performance of your body. The science behind chiropractic is as real as it gets, and there have even been cases of chiropractic helping soothe far more severe comparable disorders such as asthma!
If you’re in need of a chiropractor in the Snellville area or if you just want to explore more natural options for treating your allergies, contact Dr. Dionne Anderson and schedule an appointment! We’ll be more than happy to help you breathe a little easier.
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