Allergy Treatment by Our Chiropractor, Dr. Samantha Stuart, DC
If you are plagued by allergies, you may think that you're doomed to a lifetime of soporific medications, face masks and avoiding the great outdoors -- but that doesn't have to be the case. Natural therapies such as chiropractic adjustment, massage therapy, nutrition and essential oils can all work together to help you get the upper hand over your allergies. Our Portland chiropractor, Dr. Samantha Stuart, DC, can provide you with these safe, effective health and wellness strategies.
To understand how these methods can help you overcome allergies, it's first necessary to understand exactly what an allergy is and what causes it. An allergic reaction is the immune system's response to a perceived threat. Your body manufactures substances called antigens to attack and destroy foreign particles -- which is tremendously helpful if that particle is a virus or bacterium, but completely overkill when it comes to a harmless stimulus such as pollen, pet dander or food. In any case, the allergic reaction produces a variety of symptoms, from annoying sneezing and watery eyes to full-blown, life-threatening anaphylactic shock.
Many allergy sufferers cope with their affliction by taking medications that temporarily relieve their symptoms. But these drugs can have side effects of their own, from dry eyes and mouth to grogginess, without actually addressing the underlying stimulus behind the allergy. Our chiropractor's natural therapies go further by helping to normalize the body's responses to allergens and making it easier to avoid future attacks.
Drug-free Allergy Care for Portland, Gresham, Camas, Happy Valley, Fairview and Troutdale
Our Portland, Gresham, Camas, Happy Valley, Fairview and Troutdale patients benefit from a holistic approach that utilizes multiple health and wellness strategies, and our approach to allergy care is no exception. After performing a detailed health and wellness evaluation that takes your medical history and known allergies into account, Dr.Stuart may recommend any or all of the following drug-free treatment methods:
- Chiropractic adjustment - An exaggerated response to an allergen may be partly due to poor communication between the brain and body. Spinal alignment problems can interfere with proper nerve function, making it hard for your body to coordinate its own responses properly. Chiropractic adjustment can resolve these miscommunications.
- Nutrition - Fighting allergies with nutrition may certainly include avoiding certain foods known to be allergy triggers. But dietary changes such as the use of probiotics, balancing sodium and magnesium levels and consuming more antioxidants may also be helpful.
- Massage therapy - Massage helps the tissues release stress-causing substances - and stress is both a contributing factor and a direct result of severe allergy attacks.
- Essential oils - We can show you how to use essential oils such as lavender, peppermint and lemon to relieve congestion, rashes, headaches and other allergy symptoms naturally.
Call (503) 252-3560 to schedule a consultation. Dr. Stuart can help steer your body away from allergic misery and back toward health and wellness!