Spring is in the air! Flowers are blooming, leaves are growing and allergy season is in full swing. Unfortunately for millions of people, this means suffering from sneezing, itching, watery eyes and stuffy noses. If you experience these symptoms, you're not alone: over 40% of the world's population suffer from seasonal allergies. Learn how Chiropractic care can help ease allergy symptoms.
How Allergies Work
Allergies are one of the most common chronic diseases. An allergy occurs when the body's immune system encounters a harmless substance (allergen), mistakes it as harmful and overreacts to it. When the allergen is inhaled or touched, the immune system produces an antibody called immunoglobulin E (IgE). These antibodies attack the allergens, resulting in an allergic reaction.
How Chiropractic Care Can Help
Many patients report a reduction of allergy symptoms when treated regularly with Chiropractic care. Communication between the brain and spinal cord is key. Any misalignments in the sp...
Maybe we will get lucky this winter and not have to worry about shoveling inches (or feet) of snow. We can cross our fingers all we want but at some point this winter, we will most likely have to dig out the snow shovels from the garage. Shoveling snow is a common catalyst for back pain. It's cold and frankly, we just don't want to do it. This leads to rushing through the process while sacrificing proper ergonomics. Here are some tips on how to avoid getting hurt.
1. Bending at the waist already puts our spine in a compromised position. Add the weight of snow on the shovel while trying to toss it over our shoulder and you have a recipe for back pain disaster.
2. Next time you have to clear the driveway or sidewalk, remember to keep your back straight, hold the shovel close to your body and lift with your knees. Keep your abdominal muscles tight to support your core and lower back. Avoid twisting at your waist to throw the snow and only move small amounts at a time.
People are always worried about getting sick during the dreaded "flu season" and especially around the holidays. The flu doesn't have a season but rather a time when our immune systems are weaker. Our body's very own immune system is our defense against everything, including bacterial and viral infections, the flu and all forms of colds. It is only when our immune system is suppressed that the invading agent will overcome in our bodies. When the immune system is functioning at its highest levels, it will fight off all threats without you ever getting sick. Some of the contributing factors that weaken your immune system and the solutions I highly recommend include:
1. Sugar - As we approach the holidays, the irresistible sweet treats most of us can't deny will lead to an increase in sugar consumption. Excess sugar consumption leads to more inflammation in our bodies and suppresses the immune system. Sugar not only promotes viruses but it causes bacteria to gro...