When the public thinks of seasonal allergies the first thing they think of is antihistamines, not upper cervical chiropractic! We all know someone who has red puffy itchy eyes following exposure to pollen, cats or dogs. It’s terrible to be allergic and have to be on guard about whether it’s a “safe house” or this season's pollen is going to make you feel miserable. For some, seasonal allergies are completely disruptive to their lives.
Seasonal allergies are the result of an immune system that has lost its ability to recognize and appropriately react to environmental particles. The central nervous system is the command center for the immune system but also for every other system, organ, and cell in the body. The role of chiropractic in the treatment of allergy should be a central one.
Not all seasonal allergies will recover from Blair Upper Cervical Chiropractic care but it is a great natural form of health care that can help many recover from their allergy misery. In this article, we will discuss the immune system, the central nervous system, and a Blair upper cervical chiropractor role in recovering from allergy health problems.
Seasonal Allergies Symptoms
- Pain areas: Allergies Ear Pain- it is common for people to have ear pain associated with allergies resulting from swelling of the Eustachian tube.
- Nasal: congestion, loss of smell, redness, runny nose, post-nasal drip, sneezing, or stuffy nose
- Eyes: itchiness, puffy eyes, redness, or watery eyes
- Respiratory: breathing through the mouth or wheezing Also common: coughing, fatigue, headache, itching, phlegm, or throat irritation
Top 10 allergies:
• Cats• Dogs• Dust• Eggs• Nuts• Mold• Shellfish• Dairy• Corn• Pollen
Allergies and Fatigue - Allergies Make You Tired
Yes, seasonal allergies can make you feel tired. Most people with a runny nose and clogged head caused by allergies will have some trouble sleeping. However allergic reactions can also release chemicals called histamine that cause you to feel tired. These chemicals cause swelling of your nasal tissues that can make your symptoms worse. A lack of sleep and constant nasal congestion can give you a hazy, tired feeling.
Yes, seasonal allergies can make you tired. Experts call this fatigue caused by allergies “brain fog.” Brain fog can make it difficult to concentrate and carry out school, work, and daily activities.
Headaches due to allergies are the result of sinus swelling and pressure. We have all felt a headache due to sinus pressure, whether it is a cold, a sinus infection, or allergy. Swelling of the sinus tissue affects the muscles in the face, and head causing them to tighten resulting in headache.
Allergies Cause Sore Throat
Allergies can cause sore throat. Postnasal drip is the main culprit in cases of allergy-induced sore throat. It's the result of exposure to an allergen and occurs when congestion in the sinuses drains down the back of the throat. This causes tickling or scratchy pain. Some people who suffer from chronic sore throat are suffering because of chronic allergies.
Allergies Versus Sinus Infections
How to know if you are suffering from allergies or just an old fashioned sinus infection:
Seasonal allergies can produce many of the same cold-like symptoms as a sinus infection, including sinus pressure, a runny nose, and congestion. But the condition itself, called allergic rhinitis, is different. It is caused by an allergic response to seasonal allergens, such as pollen, dust mites or pet dander.
This reaction happens when your immune system releases chemicals, such as histamine, into your bloodstream. These immune system chemicals lead to your allergy symptoms.
One of the key ways to tell if you are experiencing allergic rhinitis is if you have itchy, watery eyes along with your other symptoms. Itchiness is rarely a symptom of a sinus infection. Another way to tell the difference is if you have very thick yellow or green nasal discharge. That is more likely a symptom of a sinus infection.
What Does Upper Cervical Chiropractic Have to do With Allergy Treatment?
Allergies are the result of an appropriate immune response to pollen, mites, pet dander or other things that the body is exposed to on the environment. Approximately 15 years ago research came out that showed that the white blood cells (immune cells) had docking sites for all of the neurotransmitters in the nervous system.
This was a breakthrough discovery in immunology as prior to this discovery it was thought that the immune system was a self-contained system that had its own ”brain”. The new finding suggested that the immune system was directly co trolled by the central nervous system and was not a self-regulation system.
Why is this important to chiropractic? Because allergies ate the result of an immune system that is not coordinated properly, it explained why chiropractic was successful in helping many who suffer from allergies either improve or recover.
Correcting spinal misalignment in the upper cervical spine allows the nervous system to function more efficiently. When the nervous system works without interference from structural misalignment the e tire body works better.
Blair upper cervical chiropractors are specially trained to locate and correct misalignments that occur in the neck as a result of prior whiplash the injury. Using precise imaging allows the upper cervical chiropractor to precisely determine which joint is misaligned and at what angle to direct a force to correct it.
Once corrected the patient is monitored to ensure the correction is ”holding” in its normal range of motion. With time the structural integrity in the soft tissue repairs and stability to the necks biomechanics returns allowing for long term improvements in the nervous system ability to properly control body function.
If you or a loved one is suffering from allergies or other chronic health challenges our offices offer a free consultation.