Chiropractic Care for Allergies
When most of us sneeze, we put it down to a cold or even allergies, and our
first thoughts are to pop an antihistamine pill – not to call a chiropractor! But did you
know that a chiropractor could help you overcome your allergy problems? Most people associate
chiropractors with back and neck issues, and while it’s true that chiropractors can help with
such health conditions, they can also help the body achieve optimum health by ensuring the
spine is correctly aligned.
A study from the University of California  found that signals from the
nervous system may influence the function of the immune system. While our immune system is
there to fight against viruses, disease and infection, and helps to keep the body performing
at its peak, it also works to dispel foreign contaminants that enter the body. When we sneeze
because of an allergy, it’s because our body detects the presence of a foreign object in the
system, such as dust, mites, pollen, etc. and it produces chemicals to neutralize and expel
the allergens. These chemicals are known as histamines. In the case of allergies, the immune
system overreacts to the presence of the allergens in the body.
A chiropractor may help by removing the nerve interference from compressions
in the spine, and as a result the immune system is able to function optimally once
Most traditional treatments for allergies, such as antihistamines, only deal
with managing the symptoms and don’t eliminate the cause. The safety of anti-allergy
medication is under debate, the long-term use of antihistamines or combined with other
medication may cause cancer. A study conducted in lab rats with brand name anti-allergy
medication found that cancerous tumors in the rats grew much father with the intake of
A chiropractor treats the patient by releasing the stresses on the patient’s
nervous system, which as a result causes the immune system to work more effectively and as a
consequence allergies are thereby reduced. Patients with misaligned spinal vertebra may have
pinched nerves, which apply pressure and stress the system. Once the trapped nerve is
released, the nervous system in general is free from stress and the body can then work more
effectively to neutralize the allergy-causing chemicals found in the body.
Spinal health is as beneficial to the body as is good nutrition. A
chiropractor can help the body to achieve optimal health and can help to improve the quality
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