Treatment of Allergies at our Monmouth County Chiropractic Office
Allergies are an extremely common condition in which the immune system overreacts to a substance that is usually harmless to people. When the body encounters this trigger substance (known as an allergen), it reacts by releasing chemicals such as histamines and leukotrienes. During this process, the allergen binds itself to antibodies present in the cells of the body, which respond by releasing these chemicals and creating symptoms associated with allergies.
Common allergens include any type of food; inhaled substances such as mold spores, pollens, dust, and perfume; animal hair; medications (usually penicillin, sulfonamides, and aspirin); and insect venom.
Symptoms of allergies vary from the mildest cases, in which the allergic person might experience a rash or itchy, watery eyes, to the most serious of reactions, which can lead to anaphylaxis and death.
Traditional medicine cannot cure allergies; it focuses instead on treating the symptoms of the disorder. The usual allergy treatments include both over the counter and prescription drugs such as anti-histamines, decongestants, corticosteroids, and others. Some sufferers receive a series of allergy shots (immunotherapy), which can gradually increase the body’s ability to tolerate allergens.
The main ingredient in many anti-histamines is dyphenhydramine. This drug causes extreme drowsiness and is, in fact, the active ingredient in many over the counter sleeping pills. Other reactions to anti-histamines include dizziness, disturbed coordination, hallucinations, insomnia, vertigo, gastrointestinal problems, and a host of additional disturbing effects. Decongestants are known to cause nervousness, dizziness, heart palpitations, or high blood pressure.
Immunotheraphy is the process of gradually exposing the body to the allergens that are known to cause a reaction. The immune system is placed under a great amount of stress in this scenario as the body is forced to adjust itself to a substance it wants to avoid.
The Immune System/Nervous System Connection
It’s impossible to understand the causes of allergies without discussing the connection between the immune and nervous systems. The immune system is not an independent, autonomous agent; it acts under the direct supervision of the nervous system.
When the nervous system is not working properly, it impacts the functioning of the immune system. If the immune system is of out order, the results can be disastrous. An immune system that is ineffective is not only unable to fight infection, it often begins to overact to harmless substances, which causes allergies.
The goal of chiropractic treatment in allergy sufferers is to locate and correct disorders of the spine in order to eliminate nervous system stress. When chiropractic treatment removes nerve interference, the immune system is free to work properly.