By Dr. Mohammad Shegeft
We know that chiropractic adjustments and natural manipulations can help with muscle and joint pains. But did you know that they can help your immune system and help alleviate symptoms of seasonal allergies as well?
Seasonal or not, all allergies are the result of an exaggerated response by the immune system to substances that are recognized as foreign by our bodies. The immune system produces a specific antibody known as immunoglobulin E (IgE) in response to allergens like pollen, pet dander and dust. This produces the symptoms of an allergic reaction. In addition to treating the symptoms with allergy medication and supplements, there are other steps which you can take to boost the immune system and ameliorate allergic reactions.
The strength of both the respiratory and immune systems depends on proper communication between the brain and spinal cord. When there are interruption in this communication, such as spinal misalignment, immunity may be compromised. This misalignment, particularly in the cervical and upper thoracic regions can exaggerate and even produce allergic and asthmatic symptoms. Doctors trained in spinal manipulations can help restore alignment and open the necessary pathways of communications between the brain and spine.
This can not only help boost immune function, but it can also help regulate the amount of histamine and cortisol produced by the body during allergies.
Our adrenal gland is responsible for producing cortisol and anti-inflammatory hormones necessary to combat an allergic reaction. However, many allergy sufferers are also found to be adrenal deficient. Manipulation of the T9 spinal level nerve root (mid thoracic) can greatly influence your immune response to allergens.
Along with chiropractors, doctors, such as NDs, who are trained in spinal manipulations can help you identify any underlying neck or back misalignments which may be compromising your immune system and aggravating your allergic response.