Surprise snowfall this morning aside, we’re really rolling into spring here in Reno. Trees are budding, daffodils are blooming, and yes, spring allergies are ramping up. Seasonal allergy symptoms can be truly miserable, between the stuffy sinuses, blocked ears, itchy eyes, and even aching joints. So, are you doomed to carting tissues everywhere you go and popping antihistamines every day? Not necessarily. Here’s how chiropractic care helps relieve spring allergies in Reno and beyond.
UNDERSTANDING SPRING ALLERGIES
The range of symptoms associated with spring allergies is surprisingly broad. Some people may get a little sniffly or sneezy when they go outdoors. Others may notice itchy, watery eyes, a scratchy throat, or blocked eyes that are as annoying as they uncomfortable. Pain in the neck, back and joints is another symptom that arises from the inflammation caused by seasonal allergies, and even skin rashes and headaches can be common. So what’s going on? Essentially, your body’s immune system is overreacting in an effort to clear out bothersome substances that you’re breathing in (in the case of spring allergies, pollen is often the main culprit). That’s why you’re experiencing aches and pains, sneezing, coughing, that runny rose, and those watery eyes. These are all ways the body is working to expel and defeat foreign substances.
HOW DOES CHIROPRACTIC CARE HELP?
While an adjustment can help those aching joints, you might be surprised by the other ways chiropractic care can help relieve allergy symptoms. Remember that the spine and nervous system work closely with the immune system. Ensuring that the spine is properly aligned can restore effective communication between the body’s various systems, which benefits your body as a whole. An immune system that’s functioning properly is better equipped to address allergens more efficiently, with minimal symptoms. An overreactive immune system tends to create a buildup of mucus, making it more likely that you’ll find yourself dealing with excessive symptoms—all the things that make you reach for over-the-counter allergies aids. But that mucus buildup can also make you more susceptible to sinus and upper respiratory infections.
The bottom line? Chiropractic care can help your body fight off allergens more effectively and reduce the likelihood of an aggravated response, which includes all those symptoms making you so miserable. The primary goal of chiropractic care is to improve the body’s ability to function the way it’s meant to, and seasonal allergies can be a sign that something is a little out of balance. Before you rely on medications, give chiropractic care a shot! Schedule a visit with Dr. McSweeney or Dr. Allen today, and see how you feel after treatment.