Many people aren’t aware that chiropractic adjustments can help alleviate allergies. The way this occurs is closely tied with our nervous system and involuntary functions. Breathing, digestion, and our heart rates are controlled by our autonomic nervous system (ANS). The ANS is divided into the sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight) and parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest).
Allergic responses have been found to be due to imbalances within our ANS. It can easily become overexcited due to inflammation caused by irritants like pollen and dust. When this overstimulation of the ANS occurs, the reaction snowballs and leads to more histamine being released, which leads to more allergic symptoms. It becomes a vicious cycle that many cannot escape. Certain levels of your spine are related to your sinuses. When an adjustment is made to these levels, it has a calming effect, much like an anti-histamine. Regular adjustments as well as nutritional supplementation can do wonders to alleviate many allergies.
Other great methods to battle seasonal allergies include:
- eating 1 tsp of local honey per day
- eating locally grown cantaloupe
- D-Hist supplement (see Dr. Allison & Dr. Meghan)