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Can Chiropractic Care Help with Allergies?

Spring is in the air…and so is pollen and many other allergies. For people with allergies, spring has another name: they hay fever season. These are not just mere nuisances. While some people experience only sneezing and eye watering, others can go into anaphylactic shock. Thus, allergies must never be ignored. In our clinic we use chiropractic care to help people with allergies discover the joy in the spring season, without negative symptoms.

What Creates Allergic Reactions?

Allergies are simply an overzealous response of your immune system to various stimuli. While for many people, pollen is nothing but tiny spores from plants floating innocently through the air, for people with allergies it is the enemy.

As soon as it gets inside the airways, the immune system detects them and perceives as a threat to your organism. The sneezing, itching and eye watering is the way in which the immune system tries to expel the foreign invader from your body. 

How can chiropractic care help with allergies? Before we talk in detail about this topic, let us clear up one thing first.

Chiropractic Care Does Not Cure Allergies

What you must know, is that a chiropractor cannot put an end to your allergies. By helping improve the way your immune system works, chiropractic care can help you go through the spring season without suffering repeated bouts of allergic attacks. 

After all, the traditional drugs you use (including the inhaler in the most serious cases) cannot cure you of your allergies, either. So far, none of the branches of medicine have found a way to control the immune system and nervous system in order to heal certain conditions, such as allergies and autoimmune disorders.

How Chiropractic Care Helps with Allergies

Let us focus on the solution for your health problems: going to the chiropractor to keep allergies under control. Chiropractic care means improving the way your nervous system works, by restoring joints and the vertebrae in your spine to their normal position.

Now, many patients who come to our clinic ask: what’s the connection between my allergies and my nervous system? The answer is: it has everything to do with it. Let us elaborate a little. The nervous system is the communication system used by the brain to control all your body. And this includes your immune system.

Chiropractic Techniques Improve the Way Your Immune System Works

When your immune system reacts in a disproportionate manner to various stimuli, a part of the problem may be the fact that it does not receive the right signals from the brain. You may have a misaligned vertebra, poorly healed whiplash injury or a bulging disc from lifting weights.

These small, imperceptible misalignments block the communication pathway between the brain and the rest of the body. When the chiropractor solves these issues through a series of adjustments, your immune system will work better. Thus, you will notice that your bouts of allergic attack are milder and significantly less frequent.

Other Ways in Which Chiropractic Care Helps with Allergies

A chiropractor uses a large variety of techniques to treat patients. In our clinic, we rely on our experience and training to create unique, tailored therapeutic plans for each patient. They may include massage, dry needling or using various chiropractic equipment and devices.

One of the beneficial effects of these therapies is an increase in the cortisol levels in the body. This also helps improve the quality of life for patients with allergies. Several research studies and clinical trials have shown that cortisol acts as a regulator of allergic inflammatory responses.

If you suffer from hay fever and other types of allergies, we encourage you to contact our clinic and schedule an appointment. Chiropractic care can help with allergies, is safe and painless – an effective alternative to traditional treatments for this condition.
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All You Need to Know About Allergies

Just about every new patient we see checks “allergies” on their paperwork. Many, many people suffer from allergies, especially in the springtime, and maybe in the fall, when pollen is coming in. Why is it that some people deal with allergies and some people don’t? I’m sure you know that mom who has kids and one of their kids, every time they go outside, they’re coughing, sneezing, eyes watering, while the other kid doesn’t have any issues. They have the same mom and dad and they’re in the same environment, but for some reason only one gets allergies. Why is that? What we found in our office is it is all due to the nervous system. The nervous system controls every single cell organ and tissue in our body, including the immune system.

When we have allergies or allergic responses like eyes watering, nose running, coughing, maybe a rash develops, this is all because there is something in our body that our immune system is trying to fight. Take pollen for example. In someone with allergies, pollen goes into their system and the immune system says, “Hey, we need to get this out of the body.” We start coughing, or our nose runs to get it out of our sinuses, or our eyes water. Again, this is all as a fighting response to get this out of our bodies. When we don’t have allergic symptoms, the pollen just goes right through us like normal because the brain knows that it’s not going to hurt us. What we found in our office is if we can take the pressure off the nervous system (pressure that occurs at the top of the neck, at the level of the brainstem) we can start to allow the brain to tell the immune system, “Hey, that pollen, it’s not a problem. Hey, the pet dander, it’s not an issue. Just let it travel through our system.” Thus, we see allergies like the eyes watering, the coughing, the nose running; it goes away all because the nervous system is now communicating with our immune system exactly as it should. 

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Non-Invasive Natural Chiropractic Treatment Versus Medicine Allergy

I’d like to take a minute to discuss with you a natural noninvasive approach to treating your pain versus medicine, and to potential allergic reactions and side effects. Chiropractic is the number one noninvasive approach to musculoskeletal pain. By noninvasive, we’re referring to nothing goes in the body and there’s no negative side effects. The worst possible side effect is no outcome whatsoever, no change.

    By going to a chiropractor for musculoskeletal problems like neck pain, headaches, upper back pain, lower back pain, hip pain, or leg pain, people have found that their body heals more naturally. Taking a medication actually just masks the symptom, it does nothing to remove the problem.

Obviously, you don’t think that neck pain, or back pain, or headaches come from a Tylenol deficiency, so taking Tylenol is never going to fix it. It just covers it up.

    Then there’s the side effects. Some people actually are allergic to medications like NSAIDS and Ibuprofen, acetaminophen, and so they obviously can’t even take the medication, if they do, they can react very severely. Those people obviously need an alternative approach. Even if you don’t have allergic reactions to medicine, there’s the side effects.

People think that, because it’s over the counter, you can take medications like Tylenol and Ibuprofen forever and ever, and it’s absolutely not true. If you research it, the number one cause of liver failure in United States is taking acetaminophen, medications like Tylenol. The number one cause of kidney failure in the United States is from taking Ibuprofen such as Advil.

    So consider what the potential outcomes could be long-term by taking these over the counter medications on a regular basis, and if you consistently have the type of back pain or neck pain or headaches, that keep coming back, or that stay consistently for several days, a week, sometimes months, even years, then you really strongly need to consider seeing a noninvasive chiropractor, someone that can actually correct the cause of the problem so that it doesn’t keep coming back, instead of you repeatedly trying to mask the problem over years and possibly doing irreversible damage on the inside to your body.

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Patients With Medicine Allergies Can Treat Their Conditions Using Upper Cervical Chiropractic

I want to take a minute to share with you how people with medicine allergies can really get help through upper cervical chiropractic treatment. There is quite a large population in the United States that have negative reactions to your typical over the counter medications like your Tylenol, ibuprofen acetaminophen, Advil and those reactions can be quite detrimental. They can actually really cause a lot of problems, not to mention the side effects for people who aren’t allergic.  The side effects of acetaminophen are the number one cause of liver failure in the United States. Ibuprofen is number one cause of kidney failure in the United States, and a lot of people don’t realize it, so they take these medications on a regular basis because it’s over the counter. They think that it’s safe and then to find out down the road that now all of a sudden, their kidneys are shutting down or their liver doesn’t function the way it used to function.

Upper cervical chiropractic

Is a noninvasive treatment that can help you, not just cover the problem, but actually get to the root cause and correct the cause of the problem.You don’t have to even keep worrying about treating the symptoms, masking the symptoms temporarily, which is really all the medications do. No one’s ever really had an Advil deficiency that’s caused any health problem in history, it’s just there to kind of mask the problem. It’s kind of like your fire alarms going off in the middle of the night and you get up and just go jerk the battery out and go back to bed. Well, the problem’s still there, you just don’t hear about it. Right? The same thing happens when you numb the pain. The problem that’s creating the pain is still there, it’s just the medication has interfered with the message, so the brain doesn’t hear it. Then you go out and you don’t feel the pain, so you’ve got to do things that you probably shouldn’t do, which can ultimately cause even more problems.

When a noninvasive chiropractic

Treatment could actually correct the cause of the problem, so the pain goes away, stays away, and it has no negative side effects. It’s not going to have any problem with your kidneys or liver. If you have medical allergies, you don’t really have a lot of options, so see an upper cervical chiropractor near you. Or if you just tired of being sick and tired and taking the medications and continually masking, the problem keeps coming back, then you definitely need to find an upper cervical chiropractor. 

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Where Do Allergies Come From?

Allergy season is officially on its way. We will be covered in yellow soon enough from all the pollen. People often ask me, “Where do allergies come from?” How come my one daughter goes outside and plays and she comes in and her eyes are all itching, her nose is running, she’s hacking, coughing, sneezing, and yet my other daughter can stay out all day and it doesn’t phase her?

How come my husband, whenever we go to someone’s house that has a cat, starts clawing his eyes out and starts itching and his face turns red, but yet, I can live with cats all day and it doesn’t bother me? Why is it some people react, and some people do not? Well, what it simply comes down to is the nervous system. Your nervous system controls your immune function, your immune reaction, and how you react to what’s in the environment. When you have a reaction of your eyes watering and you’re coughing and sneezing, then that is your body’s way of trying to protect itself.

Actually, your body is recognizing whatever it is that’s creating the reaction as something that is going to hurt it. What your body has got to do is try to get the problem out of the body. If you’re breathing in pollen or some sort of allergen or dander, it gets inside the body, and the body says “Whoa, this is going to hurt us. We’ve got to get rid of it.” Your eyes water to get it out of the eyes, your nose runs to get it out of your sinuses, and you start coughing to get it out of your lungs. It’s your body’s way of trying to protect itself.

Now, will that pollen or dander or whatever it is actually hurt your body? No. Because otherwise, everybody would react that way, right? But some people have a nervous system that is working better than other people. It’s really that simple. If your nervous system isn’t totally wired and functioning the way it’s supposed to be, then you start to develop allergens. Now, that’s the reaction that we were just talking about. At The Upper Cervical Spine Center, we make sure your nervous system is wired 100% perfect so that your body can actually recognize these potential allergies as something that’s actually not going to hurt you so that your body doesn’t react.

I personally used to have severe allergies to cats. My eyes would start watering, and I would claw them out. Once I started getting upper cervical care, I started getting adjusted. The next thing you know, I’m over people’s house where they’ve got cats. They’re crawling around on the couch and sitting on my lap, and I realized, “Hey, you know what? I’m not reacting. My eyes aren’t watering, and I’m not clawing them out. I’m not itching like crazy. I’m not coughing.”  I had that experience firsthand, and the allergies from cats don’t bother me anymore because I started getting the upper cervical part of my spine adjusted.

The brain stem area, which controls the overall function of your nervous system, started working properly, and my body recognized that what once was something I used to think was going to hurt my body was now seen as something that wasn’t going to bother me at all. Basically, my body stopped reacting to it. I quit panicking and quit trying to get it out of my system. Now that it’s allergy season, you’ll hear about it all over TV. Let me tell you this: if your body reacts to anything abnormally by creating histamine and if you have some sort of allergic reaction to something, then the reason is because your body is not wired the way it’s supposed to be. What we have to do is to analyze your nervous system and see where there may be something mis-wiring and get it corrected.

If we can, then your body will start to recognize those potential harmful allergens or whatever as something that’s not going to hurt you anymore, and all of a sudden, your body starts to calm down. You quit having those same reactions. If you have allergies, or if you have family members and children that have allergies, get them checked. Let’s check to see if there’s a problem at the top of their neck that could be creating some misinformation within the nervous system and causing your immune system to react when it actually shouldn’t react.

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Allergies and Breathing Issues Solved By Chiropractic

Recently we’ve had a lot of patients coming in with breathing issues. Asthmas, bronchitis, emphysemas, and I want you to know that if you have a breathing issue that there’s very good likelihood that it could be coming from something going on within you, not necessarily something without you. We’ve had enough patients over our 25 years with all types of breathing disorders that have totally responded from making sure their nervous system was functioning at 100% because you see the nerves that go from the brain go down, they control the bronchiole tubes causing them to open up to dilate or to constrict. They control the lungs; they control your immune function. If a bone’s out of line in the top of the neck, then what it does like stepping on a garden hose, it’ll interfere with the normal messages from the brain telling your lungs, bronchioles, immune functions, what to do and how to do it.

The message gets impeded, like stepping on a garden hose, if it doesn’t get there, let’s say the bronchial tubes for example, and you’re needing more oxygen, your heart needs more oxygen, your body, and so your body’s saying, “Hey, we need more oxygen. Let’s open up to allow more air flow.” Well, you’re trying to breathe but your bronchial tubes don’t get the message. They don’t open up. You don’t get the full amount, full volume of air that you need, so you start to have symptoms of asthma. You start to have symptoms where you can’t breathe like you’re trying to because you can’t get the openings enough.

Now what happens? You take medication, you do inhalers. What that does is that stimulates the nerves that control the bronchial tubes and forces them to open. Well, sometimes that works, sometimes it doesn’t. But if you can naturally make sure that all the communication from your brain to your lungs are 100%, then the likelihood of everything working the way it’s designed to work, when it needs to work, is much higher.

We have a lot of people that have come in that their breathing issues have disappeared because their nervous system function the way it was intended. We’ve had emphysema disappear and their bodies heal up to where they start to now breathe like they’re designed to breathe again. My recommendation is if you have any type of breathing issues, find an upper cervical doctor. Let someone check to see if maybe your breathing problems aren’t coming from a drug deficiency because they don’t normally. It could be coming from something actually going on within your body that’s preventing that part of the body to work the way it’s designed, the way it’s intended to work. Find an upper cervical doctor near you, let them just check you. It usually takes 10 minutes to check to see if maybe there’s some interference between your brain and your body that could be creating your breathing problems. If so, they’ll correct it. They remove the interference. Now all of a sudden, the normal message from the brain gets to the lung, the way it’s designed, things work the way they’re supposed to. It’s really sounds too simple, but it’s really that simple.