Allergies and Chiropractic

Published July 12th, 2017 by Dr. Sam Camarata

You can see a beautiful layer of yellow on your car, the weather turns from cold and snowy to breezy and sunny! The trees start budding, and the flowers are pushing through the dirt, bringing bursts of color to the once dry and hibernating earth.

It’s spring!flowers in field

Here, in Upstate NY, we love the spring time! Because the cold is here most of the year, once we get a taste of that warm weather, it’s nearly all we can think and talk about. Then it starts, the commercials for allergy medications! Everywhere you watch or listen is another promising helping hand to end your allergy symptoms.

Now, what if I told you that you could take care of your symptoms naturally, without medications, but with a Chiropractic adjustment,

Would you take a chance?

Here’s the science behind it all:

Allergies are a disorder of the immune system. The immune system overreacts to a typically non-harmful substance (cat dander, pollen, peanuts, dairy products, dust, molds, etc.), and initiates a response to neutralize and flush out the allergen. The results of this immune response are swelling, itching, runny nose and eyes, sneezing, diarrhea, to name a few. The immune system is highly effective in ridding the body of what it perceives as harmful.

Chiropractic is not a treatment for allergies per se, but it has helped allergy sufferers for years. Chiropractic aims to remove interference to the nervous system by specifically correcting a condition called subluxation. What controls the immune system? Many things including your spleen, bone marrow, adrenal glands to name a few. What controls all of these things? It is your brain and nervous system. In 1993 a group of researchers at the University of Calgary discovered a group of cells at the top of the spinal cord that form a direct pathway from the nervous system to the immune system. Any interference to this pathway would likely result in an improperly functioning immune system. A chiropractic study found that specific upper neck adjustments in HIV positive patients led to a 48% increase in CD4 cells (immune cells) over a 6-month duration. Preliminary studies have found that adjustments enhance the activity of IgA, IgG, IgM, and phagocytic cell respiratory bursts (all immune system functions). A properly functioning immune system is less likely to produce allergy symptoms.*

“Chiropractic care releases stress on a patient’s nervous system. This allows the immune system to operate more effectively, which is especially beneficial for those suffering from allergies.  Chiropractic care does not directly treat the causes or symptoms of the allergies.  The chiropractic approach is to remove subluxations, a term for a misaligned spinal vertebra pinching a nerve. Subluxations place stress on the nervous system. Free from nervous system stress, your body can work more effectively to neutralize the allergy-causing chemicals in your environment.”*

Bottom Line: While we can’t “guarantee” that getting regular adjustments, especially during allergy seasons, will take complete care of your symptoms, we can guarantee that getting a regular adjustment will help your nervous system operate at its very best to promote the natural healing that your body is supposed to be doing. This will help your body fight off the allergic reactions, which will, in turn, help you maintain your top health during allergy season!

Contact us today to set up a consultation with Dr. Sam!

In Good Health,

The Camarata Chiropractic Team



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