Springtime is just around the corner. For millions of people in the United States, the coming of spring means months of dealing with seasonal allergies or hay fever. While there are plenty of prescription and over-the-counter medications to treat seasonal allergies, chiropractic care provides an all-natural and holistic approach to managing allergy symptoms.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 19 million adults were diagnosed with seasonal allergies in the U.S., while 6.1 million children were reported to have seasonal allergies.
What are seasonal allergies?
Allergies are a disorder of the immune system. The immune system overreacts to a foreign substance and initiates a reaction to help neutralize and eliminate the allergen. This reaction can cause a number of bothersome symptoms, such as coughing, runny nose, itchy eyes and scratchy throat. In severe cases, seasonal allergies can cause rashes, hives, trouble breathing, asthma attacks and even death.
The most common causes of seasonal allergies are grass, pollen and mold spores in the air. In the Pacific Northwest, tree pollination is typically in full swing from February through June, followed by grass and weed pollen from late spring through summer. Due to our climate and environment, the Pacific Northwest often has a high pollen count during this time.
Chiropractic Treatments for Seasonal Allergies
While there is no end-all-be-all cure for seasonal allergies, chiropractic can minimize and manage symptoms. Regular chiropractic treatments help your body become more balanced and better equipped to fight off allergens. When your spine is not aligned, this can impact your nervous system and immune system’s ability to communicate and function, potentially leading to a variety of health problems, including seasonal allergies.
Through chiropractic adjustments, your Renton chiropractor at Petett Chiropractic can help restore spinal alignment and open up the pathways of communication between the brain and spine. Your Renton chiropractic can also offer nutritional and lifestyle advice to improve your health and allergy symptoms.
At Petett Chiropractic, we’ve have had many patients over the years who have sought treatment for physical pain, such as back or neck pain, only to discover the added bonus that their chiropractic treatments have on reducing or managing seasonal allergy symptoms. If you’re preparing your family for spring, schedule an appointment at our Renton chiropractic clinic today. We are conveniently located 30 minutes from Seattle.