Chiropractic and Allergies
Your immune system keeps you 100% natural, organic, unadulterated you! It recognizes and destroys anything not supposed to be in you: bacteria, viri, pollutants, dust, pollen, drugs, tumor, and even artificial hearts and donor organs. (Metal and plastic, however, don’t trigger an immune reaction.)
The most common immune system disorder is an allergy. That occurs when the immune system overreacts to an allergen (dust, pollen, milk, dog or cat dander, strawberries, etc.) and produces too many neutralizing chemicals (especially histamines) to counteract it.
The Medical Approach
Because runny eyes, irritation, redness, fullness in the sinuses and other allergy symptoms are caused by chemicals we produce known as histamines, antihistamines are often prescribed to counteract the symptoms caused by histamines. However, antihistamines can cause serious heart problems and should not be used with alcohol, sedatives or tranquilizers. Antihistamines do not get to the cause but only deal with the symptoms of allergies.
The Chiropractic Approach
The cause of the allergies, the over-acting immune system, needs to be addressed and that is why allergy sufferers have praised chiropractic care for over a century. The goal of chiropractic care is to locate and correct a serious type of spine and nervous system stress called the vertebral subluxation complex (VSC). By releasing stress on the nervous system, chiropractic permits the immune system to function more effectively–something all allergy sufferers need. A nervous system with less stress improves immune system function.
For Your Health,
Dr. Scott Van Dam