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Posted on 03-22-2017

Our Chiropractor in Everett Treats Allergy-Based Headaches

If your local pollen, industrial pollutants, specific foods or pet dander set off your allergies, then you're no doubt familiar with the cascade of unpleasant symptoms that follow -- including, for many people, headaches. Allergic headaches can put a crimp in your daily productivity and ruin your quality of life. At the same time, however, you may dislike the side effects of allergy drugs or find that they don't even help. Fortunately, our chiropractor in Everett uses chiropractic care and other natural measures to help you escape your allergy headaches.

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The Relationship between Headaches and Allergies

Allergies make you prone to specific physical reactions which produce a variety of symptoms. They're triggered by allergens, normally harmless substances that the immune system mistakes for a disease threat. When an allergen is introduced into the bloodstream through the skin, airway or digestive system, the immune system responds by releasing large amounts of histamine. This reaction often produces respiratory symptoms such as a runny nose and swollen nasal tissues, and when this combination raises the pressure in your sinus cavities, an allergic sinus headache results.

Sinus congestion isn't the only link between allergies and headaches. Annoying respiratory issues and fatigue from an overworked immune system can cause emotional and physical stress, which in turn may encourage the neck muscles to tighten up and cause spasm -- the usual cause of tension headaches. Emotional and physical stresses are also known triggers of agonizing migraine headaches.

Natural, Drug-Free Allergy Relief at Cornerstone Chiropractic

What many allergy sufferers don't realize is that their exaggerated immune responses may be directly related to their spinal health. A misalignment in the upper cervical spine (where the neck meets the head) compresses nerve tissue, impeding the normal flow of signals between the brain and various physical systems. This makes your immune system work less efficiently and reacts to perceived threats in an uncontrolled manner. Before you know it, you're experiencing one allergy headache after another. Chiropractic adjustments to the upper cervical spine can help. By normalizing your cervical alignment, we can give that nerve tissue room to operate correctly, stabilizing your immune responses and providing natural allergy relief.

Don't forget about the value of chiropractic care and other natural treatments for relieving the stress associated with allergy discomfort -- stress that further impairs your immunity while producing headaches in its own right. Our chiropractor in Everett, Dr. Lichfield, can prescribe spinal adjustments and massage therapy to reduce muscular strain in the neck, making you less vulnerable to tension headaches and migraines. By banishing your stress, massage actually enhances your immune system's ability to function normally.

Call Our Chiropractor in Everett Today For Allergy Relief!

If you find allergy season to be a real headache (in the literal sense of the word), choose natural, drug-free treatment that offers safe allergy relief. Call Cornerstone Chiropractic at 425-379-6301 to get help from our chiropractor in Everett!

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