No matter the time of year, many people are plagued by allergies. Itchy eyes, runny noses, scratchy throats can all be symptoms, but the good news is, regular visits to your chiropractor can help alleviate them.

What are Allergies?

Allergies are caused when a substance enters the body that is not recognized as one that is supposed to be there. Whether it’s pollen, drugs, bacteria or even food, your body will attempt to destroy the substance or remove it from the body. This may lead to skin reactions, difficulty breathing or irritations to the sinuses as the body attempts to rid the body of your specific allergy.

What Causes Allergies?

Though nobody quite knows the answer to this question, there are a few theories. The first theory is that hypersensitive people experience more allergies. This theory suggests that since the mind-body connection is so strong, that the body finds ways to react to this hypersensitivity. An example of this would be a person who is overly sensitive to stress, and also has severe allergic reactions. Once the stress levels begin to lessen, so do the allergic symptoms.

The second theory suggests that allergic reactions happen as your body adjusts to its environment. The body relies on the nervous system to gather information about new environments, and if the nervous system is not functioning at optimum levels, the information sent to the body will be altered. This alteration makes you more sensitive to allergic reactions.

Treatment Options

According to traditional medicine, there is no cure for allergies, but instead only treatment options. These may include over-the-counter or prescription antihistamines to dry out the mucus membranes and alleviate allergy symptoms.  The downside of these treatment options is that they don’t find the underlying cause of the symptoms, and can also cause damage to other organs in the body.

Chiropractic care is a holistic approach to find the cause of allergies, and not just treat the symptoms. Studies show that the function of the immune system is directly related to the proper function of the nervous system. By realigning the spinal cord and releasing pressure placed on the nervous system, the immune system will be restored to its proper function as well. Chiropractic adjustments allow the body to heal itself without the need for prescriptions or other ‘treatments.’ Since these adjustments return the body to its optimum functionality, the body will once again be able to rid itself of substances it deems toxic, and you will be relieved from your allergy symptoms.

For more information on how Dr. Knight can help you overcome your allergy symptoms, call our office today!