The onset of allergies is an unwelcome spring concern for many. One question remains: why do some individuals “have allergies,” and others do not? If pollen caused allergies, everyone breathing air that contained pollen of a certain count would have an allergic reaction. If the change in temperature caused it, everyone exposed to such a change would experience the same symptoms. However, neither of those are the case. So what are allergies?
An allergic reaction is the body’s natural defense mechanism. It’s designed to keep out foreign invaders. Our skin, nasal mucus, and stomach acid provide the most of our defense. However, if a foreign object (such as pollen or dust particles) makes it past those, the body issues a “red alert”. This triggers mucus and tear production to flush out excess particles. Coughing and sneezing are also initiated to clear out other gunk that may have entered the system uninvited.
Let’s take this example: A burglar enters your home and trips the alarm. Because of this, the siren goes off and the police are called. You, upstairs and asleep in your bed, are annoyed and aggravated by the sound. You go to the control panel and unplug the alarm so the sound goes away. Meanwhile, the burglar robs your house, uninhibited by the alarms. When we take allergy medication thinking we are ridding ourselves of allergies, we are doing no more than shutting down our alarm system, which was intended to keep us safe.
As chiropractors, our job is to locate and correct the cause of the alarms going off in the first place. Frequently, the nerves in control of the organs that support immune function are undergoing nerve pressure due to misalignments. When the nerve pressure is removed through a chiropractic adjustment, those organs function properly. This means that the body’s defense system is intact! Those pollen particles don’t stand a chance of getting in, much less getting through to stimulate an allergic reaction!
So getting your nervous system prepared for allergy season is like checking all your alarm systems in your home regularly to ensure security. Don’t wait until you have a break-in to fix the system! Do what makes sense and treat your body like you would treat the safety and integrity of your home! Take advantage of our $40 new patient special and schedule your first appointment at Alive Chiropractic today!