Spring is (almost!) in the air. Soon, the days will be getting longer, the temperatures will rise and flowers will start to bud. That’s great news for some, but for others, the new season brings runny noses, incessant sneezing and itchy eyes. Instead of stopping to smell the roses, we are grabbing tissues by the handful.
Spring is also the time for hay fever, a condition that makes our bodies extra sensitive to environmental substances like pollen. For people who suffer from it, spring can be miserable.
What causes allergies?
Our immune systems are designed to acknowledge and remove harmful substances from our bodies. Coughing, sneezing and inflammation are mechanisms the immune system uses to try to expel these substances. It’s helpful when you have a cold or the flu, but sometimes, the immune system starts to fight against something that normally is harmless. This misinterpretation is the cause of allergic reactions.
No one really knows why some people develop allergies to certain substances, but we do know there are treatment options that can help.
Can chiropractic treat allergies?
Allergies may be connected to the nervous system, one of the ways our bodies gather information about the world, including which substances are harmful and require an immune system response. Some researchers believe allergies may be caused by dysfunctions in the nervous system, and the effects of chiropractic treatment on this system are well documented. Many allergy sufferers report a reduction in symptoms after regular treatments for vertebral subluxations. These treatments can correct the functioning of the nervous system, allowing it to better interpret information from our environment and reduce the “false alarms” sent to the immune system that create allergic reactions.
If the thought of spring makes you miserable, contact us today to discuss your treatment options at our chiropractic clinic in Vancouver. We’d love to help you stop and smell the roses again instead of spending the season sneezing!