Spring is in the air, finally! The flowers are starting to bud, leaves are starting to grow and the days are getting longer. That’s just terrific, right? Unfortunately, for many of us, when we hear “Spring is in the air,” our minds focus on months of runny noses, itchy eyes, and sneezing. We’re more likely to grab a handful of tissues than stop and smell the flowers.
Having allergies is an abnormal condition where your immune system does not function the way it is designed and programed to. It becomes overly sensitive to external triggers (a.k.a. antigens) that otherwise should not induce an allergic response in a normal healthy person. In other words, your body treats harmless substances as hostile irritants and does whatever it can to expel them from the body. Thus, our noses begin to run, we develop a cough and our eyes water. In severe life-threatening cases the wind pipe can swell and it can be difficult to breath. And this is not ok!
To understand why some people, get allergies, while others don’t, you first need to understand that the central nervous system is the computer that controls the entire immune system. It tells the immune system what to fight off and what not to. If the nervous system can communicate with the body properly, without any interference, then the immune system will function optimally. If, however, there is something interfering with the central nervous system and the messages from the brain cannot transmit through the nerves to reach the organs of the body, then the immune system will not be able to work the way it is designed to. It will malfunction and you will develop allergies.
The most common cause of interference to the nervous system is something called a subluxation. A subluxation is when one of the vertebrae of the spine has become misaligned and thus is putting pressure on the roots of the nerves coming out from the spinal cord. Thus, the nervous system ‘short-circuits’ and the immune system of the body malfunctions (allergies!).
The benefits of chiropractic with allergy patients has long been known and well documented in the scientific literature. Kids who get adjusted get less allergies. So, next time you reach for a Kleenex, instead reach for your phone, and call the chiropractor
Written By: Mandy Westoby & Dr. Michael Schultz