Allergies & Chronic Sinus
What Are Allergies?
Allergies are an indication of issues with the immune system, which is responsible for protecting the body against harmful invaders such as bacteria and viruses. When functioning properly, the immune system can easily distinguish between a significant threat and a harmless substance.
When the immune system overreacts, allergies can occur. This can result in common substances like dust, pollen, and animal dander, triggering an immune response. The body’s attempt to eliminate the allergen causes symptoms that can include tears, sneezing, and itching.
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A lot of people rely on over-the-counter allergy medications to alleviate their symptoms. Although these medications provide temporary relief, they do not solve the root cause of the issue, which is the dysfunction of the immune system. Instead, they suppress the body’s normal, healthy immune response.
Chiropractic allergy treatment focuses on the source of seasonal, household, and other types of allergies. At Life Source Chiropractic, our approach strengthens the immune system’s ability to respond to allergens in a more normal manner, resulting in fewer symptoms.
What Are Chronic Sinus Issues?
The sinuses are mucus-lined cavities that are located in the cheeks, forehead, and temples. They are designed to filter the air and add moisture to make breathing easier by removing substances such as dirt, dust, and other pollutants. These cavities serve as one of the body’s primary lines of defense against external invaders.
When tissues in the body get infected, they become swollen. This includes the sinuses. The process in the sinuses is the same whether the swelling is caused by a virus, such as the common cold, or a flare-up of allergies. Swelling interferes with normal sinus drainage, leading to a buildup of excess mucus.
Patients at Life Source Chiropractic often experience pain in the sinus area due to swelling and increased mucus production. They may also have symptoms such as fever, chills, congestion, and in severe cases, dizziness that results from the spread of sinus problems to their ears.
How Chiropractic Helps Allergies and Sinuses
Chronic sinus treatment involves addressing any underlying issues with the bones in the back, neck, and face that may contribute to sinus congestion. Chiropractic adjustments help to optimize the functioning of the body’s neurological system, which also optimizes lymph node function and blood flow. This is important because the blood and lymphatic system are a vital part of the immune system.
When a patient with sinus or allergy problems comes to Life Source Chiropractic for an appointment, we start with a comprehensive evaluation of their medical history. We believe that every aspect of a person’s life can impact their health, so we inquire about their relationships, work life, hobbies, and any other leisure activities. Although other providers may not ask these questions, we believe they provide valuable information concerning the patient’s past health as well as their current health and lifestyle choices.
At Life Source Chiropractic, we believe that every patient is the foremost expert on their condition. Despite our extensive training and knowledge regarding allergy and sinus issues, we understand that not all patients fit the typical clinical profile for a particular condition. This is especially true for conditions like allergies, which involve complex interactions between the immune system, the environment, and other bodily systems. As a result, we prioritize what triggers, worsens, and improves their symptoms when evaluating a patient’s condition.
Before creating a personalized chiropractic allergy treatment plan, we perform a thorough physical examination. For patients with allergies and sinus problems, we assess for any physical factors, such as a deviated septum, that may be contributing to their symptoms. In some cases, X-rays or other imaging studies may be necessary in order to get a closer look at the alignment of their bones.
Many of our new patients associate chiropractic adjustments with the spine, but they soon discover that we can improve alignment throughout the entire body. Chiropractic for chronic sinus may also include the small bones of the face and those around the ears.
Natural allergy treatment involves restoring the normal circulation of the body’s fluids in order to enhance the immune system’s function. When a buildup of mucus accumulates in the sinuses, it creates a breeding ground for infection. One technique used to clear mucus from the frontal and maxillary sinuses is to do it manually. By restoring proper flow of mucus, pressure is relieved and the healing process can begin.
We also perform chiropractic adjustments in the thoracic region of the spine for patients with allergy or sinus problems. First, we use chiropractic adjustments to relieve tension in this area. Once the spine is relaxed, we use chest percussion to remove any excess phlegm. This technique involves gently striking the chest in specific areas to stimulate movement of phlegm, allowing the patient to cough it up and improve their breathing.
Natural Allergy and Sinus Care
Adjustments alone may not improve chronic allergy or sinus issues. Patients must also apply the natural sinus and allergy relief methods we teach them. Consistent aftercare is very important following a sinus adjustment. At Life Source Chiropractic, we instruct our patients to use the saline solution we recommend to help maintain clear nasal passages. Additionally, we emphasize the importance of proper hydration and encourage patients to drink a sufficient amount of water every day.
From our observations, some patients experience worsening of their symptoms due to food sensitivities. Dairy products have been known to trigger an increase in symptoms when it comes to allergy and sinus issues. Therefore, we suggest that patients who suffer from these conditions replace dairy products, such as milk and cheese, with non-dairy alternatives.
Our experience shows that sugar is another food that can exacerbate symptoms of allergies for many patients. As sugar is widely present in most processed foods, reducing its consumption can be a challenge. However, we advise limiting sugar consumption to occasional treats and instead opt for healthier sweetening alternatives such as stevia or honey.
Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables is an excellent way to provide the body with essential nutrients, including those needed to support a healthy immune system. These foods contain powerful phytochemicals that help reduce inflammation. Their benefits can be enhanced by seasoning them with anti-inflammatory herbs like turmeric.
You Deserve Chiropractic Allergy Treatment
The use of over-the-counter medications for allergy symptoms may provide temporary relief, but it can come at a cost to immune system health. Prescribing antibiotics is also not effective in treating allergy symptoms and can contribute to the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Not to mention, both of these types of medication can have a variety of side effects.
If you’re looking for a safe and effective solution for your family, look no further than Life Source Chiropractic. Our team has extensive experience in relieving allergy and sinus symptoms for our patients, so contact us today to book a consultation for natural allergy treatment.