The Allergy Brain

What beautiful weather we are having! While many are singing the praises of Springtime, thousands of people are hard pressed to notice anything beyond the sniffling and sneezing associated with seasonal allergies. And here in the South, we have more than our share of pollen, grass and all the lovely growing things that trigger our allergies. Just as the flu can make you feel foggy and downright awful, the effects of allergies are on par. And just as the term Flu Brain has been coined in conjunction with the flu season, the New York Times has recently explained that the “allergy brain” is just as real.

The jury is still out on what causes “allergy brain” but there are some theories. “The thought is allergies are essentially inflammation in the nose and sinuses,” said Dr. Mark Aronica, an allergist at the Cleveland Clinic. This inflammation triggers the release of proteins called cytokines as part of the immune response.

The same thing happens when you have a cold. “These cytokines are there to help fight infection, and also have an impact on our ability to think and function and perform,” Dr. Aronica said. The result is that people with allergies or a bad cold often feel as if they are seeing the world through cheesecloth.

The good news is that we have many treatments today to help alleviate the symptoms brought on by allergies and not all of them lie in pills or medications that leave you feeling lethargic or speedy. Many patients are reporting a marked reduction of allergy symptoms through Chiropractic Neurology treatment plans. Our bodies are a wonderful integrated system that connects our brain and spine to all of the sense receptors, joints, muscles and nerves bringing all of these systems into contact with one another. The close relationship between the nervous system and the immune system is great news for chiropractic patients. The regulation of stress hormones, respiratory support and strengthening of the immune system are all benefits of chiropractic treatments.

Chiropractic neurology treats the WHOLE body, starting with the brain and spine, therefore treating the root of the problem, not simply the symptoms. Just as each person is unique, so are the treatment plans developed by the Chiropractic Neurologist. In the case of a patient suffering from allergies, the thorough exam that is the beginning of the treatment process may uncover the use of a substance the patient is unaware they are sensitive or allergic to.

If you or someone you love is suffering from allergies, contact the team at Georgia Chiropractic Neurology Center today to learn more about how we can help you.

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