Allergens… What are they?
Allergens are usually harmless substances capable of triggering responses that start in the immune system and result in allergic reactions.
For instance, if you have an allergy to pollen, your immune system identifies pollen as an invader or allergen. The immune system responds by releasing chemicals that typically cause symptoms in the nose, throat, eyes, ears, skin or roof of the mouth.
In addition to pollen, other common allergens include dust mites, animal dander, mold, medications, insect venoms, and various foods.
First of all, it must be understood that our brain controls all activities and structures in our body through the communication pathways in our spine. These nerves, originating in the brain, exit through spaces in the spinal column to supply every structure in your body. If the communication is blocked by any factor, most commonly misalignment of bones in your spine, dysfunction of that structure supplied by that nerve occurs.
In the case of allergies, the nerves supplying the immune system have been damaged by the bones in your spine causing them to be hyperactive. Where in a person with a healthy/aligned spine would be able to adapt to a stressor such as an allergen, a person with nerve interference due to a vertebral misalignment view it as a threat and is unable to adapt. This helps explain why one person eating seafood at a restaurant may break out in a rash or have a wild fit of sneezing, and another person eating the same food simply enjoys their dinner.
To understand this concept, we can use the analogy of filling up a bucket. The bucket will represent our ability to accommodate, react, and adapt to the various stresses in life. As everyone knows, a bucket is made to hold only so much water or in this instance stress. To fill our buckets, chemical, emotional, traumatic, and allergic stressors all contribute. As long as our nerves are communicating with our immune systems properly, we can continue to adapt to these forms of stress and our buckets should never reach a point where they overflow. However, in some people, their nervous system is functioning improperly, and as a result, their immune system overreacts to normal stresses causing allergic reactions.
How can I keep my bucket from overflowing?
Our chiropractors at Absolute Integrated Health are trained to locate the areas of the spine that may be causing the interference that is contributing to the development of the symptoms. Through a careful evaluation of the spine, our doctors will locate the specific abnormalities and carefully adjust them to attempt to restore proper nervous system function.
If you are interested in addressing the cause of your allergies in and the possibility of eliminating the potential for a life full of antihistamines and allergy shots, please contact one our Absolute Integrated Health offices today.