Trying to find allergy relief can feel like a never-ending battle. Between itchy and runny eyes, a stuffed nose, and headaches that just won't quit, traditional nasal sprays and antihistamines do not always suffice.
That's where chiropractic care comes into play - by improving communication between the brain and the spinal cord, your chiropractor can strengthen your immune system, decrease stress levels, and support your respiratory system.
Explain Your Symptoms
When you first arrive to the office, you'll most likely be asked to fill out a questionnaire to return to the receptionist prior to your appointment with the chiropractor. The purpose of this questionnaire is to allow you a chance to specify what conditions you would like further investigated.For allergies, for example, questions can be about what worsens your symptoms, and so on.
When it comes time for you to meet with your chiropractor, he typically begins with a physical examination. This will assess your muscle strength, reflexes, and your range of motion. Because of the intimate connection between the spine, the nervous system, and your immune system, your chiropractor will most likely spend a large amount of time examining the neck and spine.
Occasionally, especially if you are a new patient, this examination will include an X-ray of the spine. This process will give your chiropractor insight into what is existing beneath the surface of the skin that could be contributing to your allergy symptoms.
Spinal Adjustment to Limit Allergic Response
After analyzing your patient questionnaire and results of your physical examination, your chiropractor will move forward with a spinal manipulation. Spinal manipulation, also referred to as spinal adjustment or chiropractic adjustment, is when your chiropractor manually manipulates the vertebrae of the spine so that they align properly.
Why Spinal Adjustments Are Necessary
When vertebrae are out of alignment, also known as a subluxation, spinal nerves become irritated, placing stress on the adrenal glands. The adrenal glands are responsible for producing natural anti-inflammatory hormones known as cortisol. Without cortisol to limit allergic response, allergy symptoms continue to worsen.
Another large impact on allergies is stress hormones. Allergic conditions are considered psychosomatic, meaning they are made more severe by mental factors such as stress. With stress and allergies inflicting similar inflammatory responses within the body, allergy symptoms are drastically worsened by stress hormones.
Most importantly, when your spine is misaligned it will negatively affect your nervous system, causing various complications throughout the body. One of these complications includes a negative impact on the immune system, which controls allergic response. Another includes an impact to the respiratory system, which controls breathing processes, and can worsen allergic reactions when not functioning properly.
Routine chiropractic care is a necessary step in achieving overall health and wellness, and you will experience its benefits more profoundly if you continue with your treatment. Dependent on the severity of your allergy symptoms, your chiropractor will work with you to develop a wellness treatment plan.
If you're suffering allergy symptoms, now is the time to visit a ChiroCare of Florida office. Contact us today to find relief from the allergies that are weighing you down this season.