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Allergies and Chiropractic: How They’re Related!

As springtime approaches, you may be looking forward to flowers, warmer weather, and outdoor activities. But there may be something else on your mind…allergies! Allergies can go from being a small nuisance to a life-threatening problem. Today we’ll discuss how chiropractic can play a role in helping your body to adapt – even if the pollen count is high!!

Defining Allergies

Allergies are the result of the body having an extreme immune reaction to a substance. When something like shellfish, dust, or pollen enters the system, the body launches a defense strategy from the immune system to protect itself. 

This defense can result in itching, runny noses, watery eyes, and wheezing. On a larger scale, anaphylaxis can occur making it difficult to breathe. Other symptoms include rashes, hives, and shingles.

Responses To External And Internal Stressors  

Allergies can come from various sources. External stressors are things from your environment that your body takes in, such as pet dander, dust, and mold. 

Internal stressors are caused by stress in your mind and from constantly being in a state of fight or flight. When your body is stressed and thinks it’s under attack, all of its focus goes to defending you instead of healing. This is known as a sympathetic state, which plays an important role in survival but only if equally balanced. 

The other important state is the parasympathetic state. This state of mind and body is responsible for resting and digesting. When in a parasympathetic state, your body can heal your body and deal with any physical and mental stress from the day. 


How Chiropractic Plays a Role 

Chiropractic works by clearing the nervous system of subluxations that are interfering with the body’s innate ability to heal. By allowing the nervous system to function correctly, the body can better work to recognize both internal and external stressors and respond appropriately.

What’s exciting, is that chiropractors like us get to see this happen in peoples’ lives every day!

A case study published in 2021 showcased this in the case of a four-year-old who was suffering from eczema, allergies, and insomnia (Knowles et al.)This poor boy had a full-body rash that lasted for a year and a half, but after two months of chiropractic care, he had significant improvement! His eczema symptoms and severity finally decreased, he was sleeping better, and was overall happier!

Another study was done on a seven-year-old who had been suffering from chronic colds, allergies, and asthma attacks since he was five months old. (Alcantara et al.) Although the boy was on prescription medications, he was still having to miss school every month because of his conditions. 

After two weeks of chiropractic care, the child’s health had improved so much that his parents decided he no longer required his allergy and asthma medications. His condition continued to improve and in his first five months after beginning chiropractic care he didn’t need to skip any days of school. His previously monthly visits to his medical doctor also decreased to wellness checkups.

These just prove that your body has an incredible innate ability to heal; chiropractic supports that function! Allergies can be frightening or stressful but more people need to know that there is hope for improvement and restored function!


What our Wichita patients say:

“An absolutely incredible place. My family has been going there for four-plus years. They are extremely nice, knowledgeable, professional, and caring. They work with you to get the results you want at an extremely reasonable price. 

“They have helped my family tremendously. The atmosphere is incredible and comfortable, they care about not only your health and comfort, but they invest themselves in you personally.” Gracie H.


Interested in learning more? Check out, “What’s The Difference Between Health and Wellness?“


Wichita chiropractor, Dr. Ryan Dopps, serves individuals and families with specific chiropractic care to remove nervous system interference with the goal of improving overall health potential. 

LOCATED AT: Dopps Chiropractic NE 2350 N. Greenwich Rd. Suite #500 Wichita, KS 67226

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