Fall is just around the corner, and with the excitement of football season, hot cider drinks, and cool, crisp autumn air comes the fear of seasonal allergens. If you or someone you love is plagued by sniffles and itchy eyes that prevent many from the joys of the fall season, READ ON, because there is hope and relief on the way…
The Nervous System is divided into two divisions for understanding; but both aspects work together to innervate and supply sensation to the body. These two aspects are the Central Nervous System (CNS) and the Peripheral Nervous System (PNS). The CNS is composed of the brain and spinal cord. The PNS is an extension of the CNS (directly off of the spinal cord) and again sub-divided into our motor and sensory nerves. The motor division controls all the muscles and organs within your body. Largely, we have direct control (voluntary) over our muscles, this is called our “somatic” innervation. The organs basically operate on their own and because of this it’s called “autonomic” innervation. (Still confused…see the image below)
So what about your allergies?
Well, you made it through the quick neurology lesson. As you see, the Autonomic nervous system supplies the processes in our bodies that happen Automatically (hence the name). These processes include the IMMUNE system responses that occur when we get “sick” and when we are exposed to allergens. The Sympathetic nervous system division (see the image above) is referred to as our “fight or flight” response system. The other side of that coin is the Parasympathetic system. This division is called the “rest and digest” system. Our bodies desperately want to maintain a balance, or equilibrium, between these two divisions. If one side is more active than another, we being to see and experience internal stress and symptoms. Corrective Chiropractic adjustments help to ensure this balance is maintained by working directly with the roots of the nervous system…your spine.
The connection between the immune response from allergies and the nervous system is well documents and researched. In fact, new research produced from the UVA (University of Virginia) found even more evidence to support a direct linkage between the immune system and the CNS as described above. (Follow the link to read an abbreviated synopsis of their findings:https://news.virginia.edu/content/shocking-new-role-found-immune-system-controlling-social-interactions?utm_source=Illimitable&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=news )
We now understand, and science proves, that a stronger immune system can diminish and even prevent many of the symptoms associated with allergies. The allergic response (or reaction) is a system OVER-reaction, causing a release of defense antibodies. Boosting the immune system naturally will help to prevent hyperactive responses. This is a NATURAL process and will NOT predispose the body to any additional stress.
If you are sick and tired of taking countless doses of allergy medication every spring and fall, then maybe it is time for a more natural, holistic approach.
Corrective adjustments are specifically designed to relieve biomechanical (movement) and inflammatory stress placed on the nervous system. Taking away stress and interference on the nervous system will NATURALLY BOOST your IMMUNE SYSTEM and help alleviate seasonal allergy symptoms.
Personally, I’m living proof that this works. From a young age I suffered greatly from seasonal allergies and asthma. When I was roughly 8 years old, my symptoms began to get out of control. The symptoms would get so bad, that originally I was prescribed an inhaler to be present and used anytime I was active outside. As a kid, that is NOT a way you want to live! I wasn’t able to participate in the sports like I once did without crazy allergy symptoms. My parents decided it was time that I receive regular care and I began to get adjusted by my dad (He is a chiropractor too) more regularly, NOT just when I had symptoms. This approach of being more proactive and preventative had a significant impact on my overall health. My parents will both tell you that after receiving regular corrective care I had NO NEED for the inhaler or other prescribed allergy medications.
Whether or not you are medicated for your allergy symptoms, I encourage everyone to take a good look at the ROOT CAUSE of your symptoms. Chiropractic “de-stressing” of the nervous system is a safe, effective and natural way to boost immunity and prevent the horrors of seasonal allergens. Corrective Chiropractic adjustments are the key to a more proactive and healthy life.
*Remember, that your medicated regimen is between you and your medical doctor. Always consult them first before discontinuing prescribed treatments.