San Diego, CA – November 16th, 2010 – ChiroTouch™, the nation's leader in chiropractic software, recently posted its latest article in its educational series entitled "Confronting the Allergy Problem."Allergies are a nuisance for many people. In fact, over 30 million people experience allergies at some point during the lifetime. People are usually aware that they have allergies. However, some people may have allergies for many years without being diagnosed. This can be problematic because undiagnosed allergies are often the underlying cause of some chronic illnesses which, if not treated, can become very serious or fatal.
What exactly is an allergy? In simple terms, an allergy is an immune disorder which happens when the body's immune system reacts to some allergen such as dust, pollen, food, herbs, animals, dander or some other allergen. Quite often, people have allergies to substances that others might find completely harmless. But for a person with allergies, when he or she reacts to the allergen, the body produces an excessive amount of chemicals to counteract the allergen. The result of this is that a person feels the effects of the allergy and suffers with it. For instance, a person suffering with allergies may experience fatigue, irritability, pain and discomfort. Also, in some cases, persons suffering from allergies may have trouble staying on a healthy diet.
Sometimes the allergies are seasonal. However, sometimes the allergies occur during all parts of the year without ceasing. People often have to plan their lives around allergies because they do not know when their allergies will worsen. Allergies have been treated with a variety of medical solutions. For example, in traditional medicine, antihistamines are often prescribed for patients who have allergies. However, research has found that antihistamines sometimes cause heart problems. Also, research published in the May 1994 Journal of the National Cancer Institute showed that specific antihistamines such as Claritin, Hismanal and Atarax actually make cancer tumors grow at a faster rate in lab rodents. Thus, it is believed that these antihistamines could potentially be dangerous for humans under some conditions. Because of the potential dangers of these medications in some cases, people have sought alternative methods of coping with allergies. Chiropractic is one such alternative approach that has been sought for allergy treatment.
Of note, chiropractic treatments have been around for a long time. The first modern chiropractic adjustments were given by Dr. Daniel Palmer. In 1895, he emphasized that if the spine is aligned correctly, there will be sufficient nerve flow to all parts of the human body which will enable the patient to experience sustained health. Palmer's ideas gained a following, and he started a school of chiropractic. Today there are many chiropractic schools present, as chiropractic has become a welcome treatment option for many people. In fact, there are over 65,000 chiropractors in the United States at this time, proving that chiropractic has grown to be a significant primary health care profession in its own right.
So how exactly can chiropractic adjustments help to treat allergies successfully? The chiropractic approach has been successful in treating allergies because the chiropractic approach takes into account the fact that living life tends to put a lot of wear, tear and stress on the spine. For example, chiropractors are aware that there can be pelvic misalignment and sacral misalignment. This misalignment can cause problems in the spine. There is a reduction in the flow of nerve energy to certain areas of the body which need this flow of nerve energy. Also, subluxations occur as a result of years of stress on the spine. In fact, the damage caused by subluxations may not be noticeable to the patient until a problem occurs. Also, neck misalignment occurs in addition to the problems in the lower spine. Of relevance is the fact that many people with asthma and allergies have reported experiencing car accidents, falls, or head injuries which specifically injured their upper cervical spine (the neck area). The significance of this is that neck injury or neck misalignment can be problematic in that it results in irritation to the upper cervical spinal joint and results in an imbalance in the function of the nervous system. This irritation in the upper cervical joint and this imbalance in the function of the nervous system then leads to asthma and allergy symptoms.
Chiropractic adjustments successfully address subluxations and release the stress on the nervous system. Chiropractic adjustments address both the lower spine part of the nervous system and the upper cervical spine part of the nervous system. When the stress on the nervous system is released, that enables the immune system to function more effectively which then helps reduce allergy symptoms. Thus, this is why chiropractic treatments have worked to reduce allergy symptoms.
Whether you have allergies or some other condition, you can always benefit from having a healthy spine. Thus, it is worthwhile to find out more about how chiropractic can help you have a healthy spine and successfully address allergies. To successfully fight allergy, patients must focus on keeping their bodies healthy as well. People with allergies need not worry about having to live the remainder of their lives fearing that their allergies are going to flare up. Rather, they can experience relief for themselves through maintaining their health. Chiropractic is a way to help keep the body healthy and fight allergies. Chiropractic is a drug-free approach to helping a person to successfully overcome their allergies.