If spring is a dirty word in your house, filled with memories of coughing, sneezing, runny nose, headaches, inflammation and general misery, you know what it’s like to suffer from allergies. Your doctor will treat your symptoms by prescribing drugs that make you drowsy and lightheaded and that come with a list of warnings against driving and operating heavy machinery.
Besides that, the doctor might recommend you stay away from pollen-producing trees, avoid washing the dog, and to wear oversized sunglasses on windy days to keep the pollen out of your eyes. In other words, you begin to let your allergies control your day-to-day activities.
Will those suggestions cure your allergies? Of course not: they simply relieve the symptoms (by creating new ones.) If they fail to alleviate the discomfort, your doctor might send you to an allergist for a regimen of injections. These shots must be boosted multiple times during the season and then you have to start all over the following spring. What if I told you there’s a better way?
The medical system theorizes that allergies result from an immune system gone haywire and attacking substances in your body that pose no harm. The immune system activates mast cells to fight these harmless intruders, and those mast cells release histamines, alerting the body to an invasion and commanding it to sneeze, cough and expel by any means these alien invaders. Hence your misery.
It may not be what your doc thinks
Here’s another theory: your body’s nervous system is misdiagnosing the hazard posed by harmless substances like pollen and pulling the alarm for a reaction. Those nerves pass through and exit the spine, and if they are being impinged or compressed by the structures of the spine they may not function optimally. The problem isn’t your fire department; it’s the witness who called in the fire.
Suppose instead of loading you up with drugs and being confined to your house, we could just fix your immune system by allowing your nerves to do their job? Wouldn’t that be better? Its effects would last your lifetime, not just until next April.
I want to be careful to say that it is possible that both theories have validity. It may be that some people suffer from immune systems run amuck and others from nervous system issues. Some people may need the drugs, but many others simply need their spines adjusted so their nervous system can work as intended.
I had this issue myself as a sickly teen. I suffered seasonal allergies until a chiropractor – asked to diagnose my sprained ankle – suggested he could alleviate my allergies. After just a few adjustments, during which he manipulated my spine to relieve the pressure on my nerves, my allergies completely disappeared.
Your mileage may vary
Your experience might be different. You might discover that not only do your allergies disappear, but so do other illnesses, injuries and dysfunctions. Problems as diverse as back pain, ear infections and knee pain can benefit from a spine alignment and an immune system functioning properly.
Not everyone will see these effects, but let me ask you this: if you suffer from allergies, which do you think you should try first, a few painless spinal adjustments by a chiropractic doctor or loading up on medicine and avoiding the outdoors?