Allergies are the result of an exaggerated immune response to a substance that the body recognizes as foreign. Allergies are an increasingly common problem that affects about 2 out of every 10 Americans. Some of the most common triggers people think of for an exaggerated immune response include: pollen, pet dander, dust, and foods. These are things that most people would typically think of as harmless, but creates a bad day for around 20% of the American population.
What Causes Allergies?
It can make you wonder why some people can go roll in a field of pollen with no reaction, while others have their eyes swell shut and can’t breathe if they open a window in their own home. Some people are even allergic to bananas. Why is this?
Allergies start when your immune system reacts to a harmless invader and mistakes it for something more harmful. When this occurs, the immune system releases antibodies to fight off the so-called threat. When the antibodies are released, they float around in the body and will attack the allergen if it enters the body again. When the antibodies attack, they release certain chemicals that cause symptoms such as: itching, rash, sneezing, coughing, swelling, runny nose, etc.
There are multiple theories for why the body creates an immune response against such harmless invaders, but nobody truly knows why.
Why Chiropractic and Allergies?
The strength of the immune system is dependent on proper communication between the brain and spinal cord. If a foreign invader such as pollen, pet dander, dust, and food is inhaled and enters the body it should be recognized as a non-threat by the nerve system. No major immune response should be sparked. When a person has a misalignment in the spine that puts stress and pressure on the nerve system their brain and spinal cord do not communicate properly. If the brain and spinal cord are not communicating properly something as simple as pet dander can be mistaken for an internal threat to the body. This can in turn lead to an improper immune response and cause allergic reactions.
As chiropractors, our job is to find misalignments in the spine (subluxations) and correct them so the brain and body communicate properly. When the brain and body are able to communicate at 100%, the body has its best chance to work the way it was designed.
Allergy treatment at Millard Oaks Chiropractic in Millard. Serving the Omaha, NE area for chiropractic and massage therapy needs.