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Allergies and Chiropractic?

allergies

The days are getting longer, the birds are chirping, flowers are starting to bud….spring is here. For some
this is amazing, but for others this time of year causes both fear and agony. Why? Allergy season has
officially begun. Now its months of dealing with itchy skin, watery eyes, breathing difficulties,
headaches, sinus pressure, runny noses and sneezing….time to buy stock in Kleenex! Most think that
they are stuck in this never-ending year after year pattern, but that doesn’t have to be the case. It’s sad,
but in 1 st world countries allergies are one of the most common cause of chronic illness with nearly 40%
of people suffering from at least one allergic complaint. Just in the US, allergies account for $3 billion
spent by sufferers searching for some form of relief.
So, what exactly is an allergy anyway? Simply put, it is an over reaction by your immune system to
something that is usually considered harmless. These irritants can be eaten, touched or inhaled, but the
end result is the body’s immune system over reacting and causing the release of histamine from
specialized mast cells. Histamine is the chemical that causes all of those classic inflammatory allergic
responses in the body as it attempts to remove the specific substance initially causing the reaction.
Typically, this includes sneezing, coughing, watery eyes, runny nose, vomiting and diarrhea depending
on the type of allergy.

Why do certain people get allergies?

At this point no one fully understands how and why some have allergies while others do not, however,
research is showing that stress and its effects on the immune system can play a major factor. The
nervous system and the immune system work hand in hand, and stress to one directly affects the other.
Research has shown that the body reacts with similar inflammatory responses when it encounters
emotional stress and allergies alike. Coupling with this is the fact that prolonged stress greatly fatigues
the adrenal glands. These glands regulate the body’s reaction to stress and directly control the
production of the hormone cortisol, which has anti-inflammatory properties. With the adrenal glands
fatiguing, lower levels of cortisol are produced greatly affecting the body’s ability to deal with the
allergic reaction. Another theory is that the body reacts to its environment, so if there is a disconnect in
the interpreting of sensory information between the nervous system and the immune system, the body
can over react to certain normal stimuli.

How can chiropractic care help?

Chiropractic care focuses on making sure the body’s nervous system is functioning properly and that all
of the signals between the brain and the body are being sent and received properly. Remember the
nervous system directly communicates with the immune system, so this has a major effect on
decreasing allergic reactions. Since the nervous system controls all organs of the body, chiropractic care
also maintains proper functioning of both the adrenal glands and the lungs, helping to decrease
inflammation and support the respiratory system during allergic reactions.

At Whole Body Health, chiropractic is really “the backbone”…. no pun intended, of how we focus on
boosting the natural healing abilities that each of our body’s contain. We combine balancing the
nervous system response with services such as:
-Live O2 to increase oxygen levels and energy production in the body at a cellular level, while decreasing
inflammatory responses.
-Himalayan Salt Cave to help open up the respiratory pathways and naturally fight bacterial and viral
infections.
-Bio-Feedback Testing to specifically check individual’s food, environmental and animal sensitivities.
-Natural Allergy Removal Program to de-sensitize the individual’s body to specific sensitivities that were
positive on Bio-Feedback Testing.
-Diet and Nutrition to ensure certain pro-inflammatory food is not being consumed and proper nutrition
promoting healing is being consumed.

If you suffer from environmental, food or animal allergies, remember there are natural options to
combat these conditions other than OTC and prescription allergy medications, allergy shots and a huge
box of Kleenex. Call and schedule today to see if these natural options are the right fit for you!

Athletes and Concussion

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The world concussion is kind of like the word heroin. It’s this horrible thing that’s happening everywhere
in our culture. We hear about it affecting many people but we have no idea what to do about it. Now
there is a solution!
It means weeks off from playing a favorite sport, let alone reflex, speech, muscle coordination, memory,
balance and confusion issues all affecting the individual. The medical definition of a concussion is a
clinical syndrome characterized by immediate and transient alteration in brain function, including
alteration of mental status and level of consciousness, resulting from mechanical force or trauma. It is
estimated that there are more than 300,000 sports related concussions each year in the United States
and that the possibility of having a concussion is around 19% each year of play. The statistics are
especially high in sports like football, where it is estimated 34% of athletes have had one concussion and
20% multiple concussions. Adding to this is the fact that there is a 3 to 6 times higher chance of a player
having a concussion if they have already suffered from a previous concussion. Research is showing that
the incidence of suffering from a concussion while playing soccer is roughly equal to that incidence
playing football with other sports like lacrosse, baseball, basketball and hockey still having significant
risks as well.
Concussion symptoms may not be visibly seen in standard neurological examinations, but consists of: an
inability to keep a coherent focus or thought stream, an inability to perform a series of specific
movements, dizziness, vision disturbances, sensitivity to light, persisting headaches, nausea or vomiting,
balance issues, ringing in the ears, confusion and loss of taste or smell to name a few. Due to the nature
of the injury to the brain, concussions are a very serious issue and thus are being treated that way. All
major sporting organizations from professional all the way to youth sports are now focusing on ways to
prevent, assess and manage concussion injuries, with the primary mode of treatment being rest away
from electronic devices. The mechanism of injury with a concussion creates a trauma to the skull and
brain, leading to inflammation and pressure building on the blood supply and brain inside the skull. This
not only disrupts blood supply to the brain, but also affects cerebrospinal fluid drainage and
recirculation throughout the entire canal around the spinal cord. Many times, following a concussion
injury, upon examination the bones of the skull (cranial bones) are found to be fixated and out of their
proper interlocking positions.
Here at Whole Body Health, we have a state-of-the-art protocol for helping the body heal and recover
from the effects of a concussion injury and allowing the athlete to return to their sport. This protocol
utilizes a multifaceted approach ranging from specific endonasal cranial adjusting, specialized
supplemental nutrition to aid in traumatic injury healing and functional medicine techniques involving
specific frequency generating and laser technology focusing on traumatic brain injury healing. The
combination of these services not only supply the body with specific nutrients to promote healing, but
also drastically reduce inflammation and allow for proper movement patterns within the skull and spinal
column to remove pressure from the brain, brain stem and spinal cord.
If you have been diagnosed with a concussion recently or in the past, these symptoms can linger on until
specific structural changes and healing occur. Call today to schedule an appointment to see if you can
benefit from this state-of-the-art treatment protocol!