Millions of people suffer from seasonal allergies every year. Allergies represent the sixth leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S. with an annual cost in excess of $18 billion. Hay fever (Allergic rhinitis) is part of this common condition associated with symptoms such as sneezing, a stuffy/runny nose, and watery/itchy eyes. Most allergy sufferers experience these allergies seasonally. Symptoms of seasonal allergies occur in spring, summer and/or early fall and usually result from allergic sensitivity to pollens from trees, grasses, weeds, or airborne mold spores.
In addition, a few unfortunate individuals will experience year-round allergic rhinitis that is generally caused by sensitivity to house dust mites, animal dander, cockroaches, or mold spores. Most allergy sufferers turn to allergy drugs (usually Zyrtec, Allegra, or Claritin) for relief. This form of self-treatment may offset the symptoms, but not without risk. Common side effects of allergy medications include: drowsiness, dry mouth and throat, abnormal heart rhythms, sleep troubles, digestive issues, skin problems, headaches, and nervous system dysfunction. A study published in JAMA Neurology describes some frightening health risks as well.
What did they discover? Over-the-counter Anticholinergic medications (histamine blocking medications) and prescription drugs are linked to dementia, cognitive decline and to be blunt: a shrinking brain.
In another twist, a medical study published in 2004 linked allergies to tiny misalignments in the spine. When the misalignments were addressed with manual adjustments by a health professionals, allergy symptoms improved in more than 70% of patients. Several other recorded results included:
- 98% of patients with dermatitis, allergies and asthma suffered from vertebral misalignments
- Correction of spinal misalignments improved itching symptoms of chronic dermatitis by 88% and skin appearance of dermatitis patients by 72%
- Allergy symptoms improved in over 70% of patients who received adjustments
- Vertebral misalignment is a common factor in patients with dermatitis and asthma
- Dermatitis patients receiving no adjustment experienced no improvement
Finally, research experts discovered a new link between the brain and immune system in 2015. A popular magazine even published the findings in an article titled, “They’ll Have to Rewrite the Textbooks.” Advanced research produced findings relevant to modern health care involving the connection between Chiropractic care and major diseases, including allergies.
The health of the spine directly influences the health of the brain and nervous system. Every Chiropractic adjustment influences immunity. Chiropractors address small misalignments in the spine known as subluxations. Subluxations interfere with nervous system function and negatively influence immunity. Chiropractors focus on the health of the nervous system rather than the symptoms of a specific disease. Improved immunity, including allergy relief, radiates from Chiropractic offices all over the world through the benefits of drug free adjustments designed to repair the cause of allergies and other ailments stemming from the nervous system. Millions of people suffer from a lowered quality of life during allergy season.
Chiropractic offers the long-term solution.