The sneezing, the sniffling, the coughing, the watery eyes … allergic rhinitis (hay fever) can make life miserable. And with side effects ranging from drowsiness to high blood pressure and diabetes, allergy medication is often a solution worse than the condition itself. Dr. Smith is concerned about the upswing in marketing and use of allergy medications and encourages patients to seek natural solutions, including chiropractic.
Allergic rhinitis is an allergic reaction to airborne particles. This reaction primarily affects the nose and eyes.
In allergic rhinitis, the immune system over-responds to harmless substances — like pollen, mold and pet dander — and launches an assault. This attack is called an allergic reaction.
Research indicates that chiropractic strengthens immunity by influencing the nerve system. Researchers speculate that, because the spinal column houses the spinal cord (the main component of the nerve system), dysfunction of the spinal column may influence the nerve system. This, in turn, impairs immune function (Circulation 1992;86:203).
Doctors of chiropractic, like Dr. Smith, theorize that a common condition known as vertebral subluxation may disturb the natural flow of nerve impulses. Vertebral subluxations occur when spinal movement is restricted or spinal bones (vertebrae) become misaligned. Dr. Smith corrects this condition with safe and gentle maneuvers called chiropractic adjustments.
Since allergies are tied to a dysfunction in the immune system, the chiropractic office a great place to start the battle against allergies.