Spring and summer bring relief from the months of cold and beautiful weather to our area but also allergies galore. In fact, nearly one third of adults have allergies and suffer through the symptoms. It seems that everyone has a suggestion for how to deal with seasonal allergies from over the counter medicines to holistic treatments, air purifiers and more. Even CNN has recently published an article dedicated to the allergy relief.
So what is the best way to battle against the dreaded symptoms brought on by allergies? It may be beneficial to first understand what causes them in the first place. An allergy is actually your immune system reacting to something foreign such as pet dander, pollen or other things in the environment. There are literally hundreds of different causes of allergies and the occurrence and severity differ from person to person. As we are all individuals, so goes our allergies. Changes in weather or food sensitivities may also bring on an allergy attack.
The typical treatment for allergies has largely been pharmaceutical in nature: pills, shots, etc… but many times controlling or eliminating allergies takes more than just a pill. Dietary changes and the knowledge and attention to avoiding potential triggers are also necessary. Medicines widely used such as antihistamines, nasal inhalants and eye drops give some short-lived relief but are rife with side effects. Dizziness, drowsiness or restlessness, dry mouth, nausea and even pain or confusion are all possible with allergy medicines. This leaves some patients feeling that the treatment is sometimes worse than the disease.
Many patients today are looking for alternative treatments, that do not rely on drugs and their side effects to treat symptoms of their conditions, whether a seasonal allergy or something more serious like thyroid conditions or movement disorders. That’s where Chiropractic Neurology comes in. Gaining popularity due to widespread success that is non-invasive, drug free and fast acting, more and more patients are discovering the benefits of this type of treatment.
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. 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. Proper nutrition plays a key role in how our bodies function overall and Chiropractic Neurology places emphasis on the role of nutrition in one’s overall health. Without proper nutrition, the body cannot heal and restore proper function. By assessing a patient’s nutritional needs, the doctor can assist with repairing all the vital systems we rely on for optimum health.