With wildfires raging through much of California, unhealthy air quality is affecting residents outside the state. Here in Northern Nevada, we’ve been dealing with smokey skies for weeks, and it’s likely having a very real impact on your health. If you’re struggling with headaches from wildfire smoke, chiropractic care may help.
THE HEALTH EFFECTS OF SMOKE
From stinging eyes to nausea, wildfire smoke can trigger a range of unpleasant symptoms. According to the CDC, some people experience symptoms that are similar to sinus infections, complete with headache, sore throat, runny nose and even fatigue. If you’re part of a more sensitive population, which includes the elderly, pregnant women, children, or those with chronic heart and lung conditions, you’re more likely to experience these symptoms with more severity.
While the general recommendation is to stay inside to limit exposure, rinse stinging eyes with saline, and stay hydrated, chiropractic care can offer another way to find relief.
HOW CHIROPRACTIC HELPS
Your immune system works hard to keep your body healthy, and exposure to smoke compromises its ability to do this important job. We’ve written before about the immune boost a chiropractic adjustment offers the body, and it’s particularly effective during these hazy days to relieve sinus pressure and headache. What’s more, chiropractic adjustments can help breathing mechanics for greater chest expansion and flexibility.
While putting out these fires is beyond the control of anyone outside the firefighting world, we can take steps to minimize the detrimental effects of the smoke that persists in our valleys. Learn more about how chiropractic care can help you feel better during this challenging time. Dr. McSweeney here in Reno can answer all of your questions about the benefits of chiropractic care for chronic headaches or sinus pressure at your visit – schedule yours today.