While Greenville, SC consistently ranks on national lists of best places to live, retire, and visit, it also ranks in the top 10 Allergy Capitals of the country. This basically means that people here use allergy medication at higher rates than in other states and that allergens like pollen, ragweed, and mold are very high.

So it’s no surprise that many people who live in the Upstate suffer from seasonal allergies. Did you know that consistent chiropractic care can often aid in easing symptoms of allergies?

How the Body Reacts to Allergens

Watery eyes, itchy skin, red blotches, overall exhaustion – these are all common symptoms of those who suffer with seasonal allergies. These are reactions the body causes when it comes in contact with allergens.

The immune system essentially overreacts and produces antibodies to attack the allergens. Those antibodies activate mast cells, which then produce histamines, which lead to inflammation. This is why many allergy medications include antihistamines.

The body then tries to counteract histamines by producing the hormone cortisol. Cortisol is great in small amounts since it can help reduce inflammation, but in higher amounts, it does the opposite plus weakens the immune system. It also places the body on high alert as it can trigger a “fight or flight” reaction. Consistently high levels of cortisol in the body can throw off sleep cycles and leave a person stressed and exhausted.

Inflammation and Seasonal Allergies

If you’ve read any other blogs here on our Greenville Spine website, you’ll know that reducing inflammation is a key pillar in chiropractic care. The overproduction of histamines and cortisol due to seasonal allergies can cause inflammation in the body.

Not only is inflammation uncomfortable because of allergy symptoms but it often can cause joint pain, sleeping issues, limited mobility, and loss of range of motion. Chiropractic care targets inflammation specifically for these reasons.

Using Chiropractic Care to Help with Seasonal Allergies

Another important thing to know about seasonal allergies and chiropractic care is that your spine controls everything in your body because it is those nerves within the spine that communicate with your brain and how it sends out signals to the rest of your body. If those nerves – the lines of communication – aren’t open, then signals won’t get to where they need to be. This can happen if the spine is out of alignment. If your brain isn’t communicating effectively when your body comes into contact with an allergen, it won’t be able to send signals on how the body should react properly.

Cortisol is produced by the hypothalamus, pituitary gland and adrenal glands. If the spine is not aligned correctly, the brain cannot communicate effectively with the hypothalamus, pituitary gland and adrenal glands. Signals get crossed and the body’s natural balance of hormones is thrown off.

Through consistent and individualized chiropractic care, your spine can be in proper alignment, ensuring open communication throughout the body. And that can work wonders for how your body responds to seasonal allergies.

Natural Care with No Side Effects

Ever feel like those allergy medications leave you listless and tired? With chiropractic care, there are no side effects. No lethargy. No anxiety or sleepiness.

But the benefits of chiropractic care go far beyond seasonal allergies: we at Greenville Spine work with every single patient to create for them an individualized treatment plan to address whatever is bothering them. Oftentimes, just through work, play, and daily lives, the spine gets out of alignment, causing back pain, neck pain, sleep issues, hip pain, or headaches. These are all issues that can be addressed during individualized and personal care – in addition to working with those stubborn seasonal allergies.

Taking the First Step to Seasonal Allergy Relief

If you want to see what we can do for your allergies, call us at 864.631.1420 to make an appointment for a consultation. Every patient is different and we recognize they all need different, individualized treatment plans. We can’t wait to meet you and help you achieve a pain-free and allergy-free life.