You bet! Next time you sneeze maybe you should think about a visit to your chiropractor. Most people only think about Chiropractors when their neck or back hurts, not fully understanding that chiropractic care can help keep their bodies operating at peak performance, aid in their overall health, including allergies.
The body’s immune system is designed to help prevent disease, infection, deal with stress and our overall well-being.
When our bodies immune systems are not healthy it can overreact with allergens such as pet dander, dust, pollen, certain types of food, etc. The response is to overproduce neutralizing chemicals such as histamines to correct the problem. Allergies are really just the immune system overreacting to certain stimuli that other people don’t react to at all.
Current research is showing that there is a direct link between our immune systems and our nervous system. When there are subluxations it is stressful to the body and can cause abnormal changes that lead to a poorly coordinated immune response. Subluxation is the term for misalignments of the spine that cause compression and irritation of nerve pathways affecting organ systems of the body.
Orthodox medicine has no cure for allergies, only treatment. According to Robert Mendelsohn, M.D., “You can depend on most doctors to largely ignore the cause … unfortunately, their treatment is often worse than the disease, especially since the relatively safe folk-measures of yesteryear have been replaced by the sophisticated, dangerous drugs of modern medicine.”
Allergy symptoms are caused by histamines and can produce irritated sinuses (full), itchiness, redness and runny eyes. Doctors will often prescribe antihistamines to dry mucus membranes, treating the symptoms. Lorne Brandes, a Canadian Researcher published an article in the May 1994 journal of the National Cancer institute, showing research that certain antihistamines (Claritin’”, Hismanal” and AtaraXT”) make cancerous tumors grow faster in lab rodents.
So how can chiropractors help with allergy symptoms?
Chiropractic care releases the stress on a patient’s nervous system allowing the immune system to operate more effectively. The approach is to remove subluxations, which place stress on the nervous system. When our bodies are free from nervous system stress it allows the immune system to work more effectively at neutralizing the allergy-causing chemicals in our environment.
One review of patients at a chiropractic college clinic found that pediatric patients commonly had complaints of allergy, ear infection, sinus problems, bed-wetting, respiratory problems and gastrointestinal problems. Complete or substantial improvement occurred in 61.6%. (Koran Publications)
In another study 360 patients with allergies, skin conditions and asthma were divided into six groups. Of the group receiving spinal care, 88% showed improvement in skin itching and 72% showed improvement in skin condition. In addition, allergies improved in 70% of the spinal care group. (Koran Publications)
We can all benefit from a healthy spine. A healthy spine can improve your overall health, it is equally as important as proper nutrition.