According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, allergies affect up to 30 percent of adults and 40 percent of children. These numbers are only increasing worldwide. Not only are there more allergens in the atmosphere thanks to increased pollution and more intense pollen seasons, but people have become more sensitive to substances like smoke, dander and pollen that trigger histamine reactions.
Combating these allergies with modern medicine has proven to be incredibly expensive. Americans spent $17.5 billion on treatments and medications for nasal issues alone in 2010. Additionally, health problems related to allergies that year lead to 6 million lost days of work and school, as well as 16 million doctor visits.
Those that suffer from chronic or sporadic allergies often find that medications are not enough. Pronounced side effects like drowsiness, dizziness, increased heart rate, nose bleeds and more can often cause more problem than they solve.
For those looking for true, lasting relief, chiropractic care may be the answer.
How Chiropractic Care Manages Allergies
The symptoms of allergies stem from histamine reactions in your body. These reactions are meant to fight off infection or dangerous substances, but those who suffer from allergies have immune systems that are hyperactive. Normal substances that should not trigger coughing fits or draining noses do.
Orthopedic doctors and chiropractic practitioners both think that the root issue may not lie in immunoresponse, but rather imbalances in the nervous system that cause a domino effect on the lymphatic systems.
Specifically, nerve compression as a result of subluxations along the eighth, ninth and tenth thoracic vertebrae can cause adrenal glands to behave abnormally. As a result, the body tends to react hyperactively to simple environmental triggers.
Research shows that targeted adjustments can restore proper nerve functioning, help the lymphatic system drain to improve immunoresponse and improve the condition of allergy sufferers.
By working closely with Dr. Gabriel Long at Awaken Chiropractic, you can manage your condition and ensure continued wellness that allows you to enjoy things you used to like going outdoors or owning pets. See how we can become your Omaha chiropractor and work with your allergies.