5 Things You Must Do If You Have Seasonal Allergies

This is the time of year when any of you who suffer from allergies know the dread that’s coming. You want to go outside and enjoy the good weather but you know with that comes a face that feels like it’s going to explode, eyes are watering, constant sniffling, just misery and what options do you have?

You could stay indoors and you still deal with house and dust mites and miss out on the good weather; you can reach for over-the-counter drugs that might give temporary relief but don’t fix anything; or you can actually try and attack the problem. So here are the things we recommend you do and the more of them you do in combination, the better results you will get.

#1 Get A Neti-pot

Get a neti pot. Get those nasal and sinus cavities drained out as often as you can because the less irritants that you have up in there the less that your body will cause an allergic reaction to it.

#2 Get Apple Cider Vinegar

Get some apple cider vinegar, organic if possible, a spoonful of that with water every day will help calm down the histamine response and you can also really make your neti pot more powerful by adding a little bit of that vinegar to it. The other thing to note with the neti pot, use filtered or distilled water. The chemicals that are in tap water like fluoride and chlorine, they’ll actually cause an irritation to your immune system and make it kick in and work even harder which means a more over-the-top allergic response.

#3 Eat Quercitin

You want to eat as many foods as you can that contain a substance called quercitin: onions; green teas; citrus fruits; and cruciferous vegetables – the greens. Not only do they contain this they’re also great immune strengtheners anyway and avoid sugar because that decreases the immune response and basically any allergy reaction that you have it still comes back to the immune system – the stronger your immune system is the less it will go an over-the-top reaction. Also probiotics and vitamin D3 are huge for the immune system.

#4 Use Essential Oils

You can use some essential oils diffuse them around the house either eucalyptus oil or frankincense both have been proven to help a lot with killing house and dust mites but also helping your own body clear out those cavities. You can also put them on your body behind the ears you can put a very tiny bit under the nose, mix them with coconut oil and rub them on the chest. But you want to keep those diffusing 24-7 in the house.

#5 Get Adjusted

The last thing that we recommend go and get adjusted by your chiropractor. What a chiropractic adjustment will do is a number of things: it will boost your immune system’s response; it will help calm down the over response of the histamine and cortisol; but we can also do some release work through here to help open up those sinus cavities and get everything to drain a lot faster than what’s currently happening in your body. Please share this information with anyone you know that suffers from allergies, and be sure to contact Thornton Chiropractors to schedule an appointment!

The Benefits Of Chiropractic Care For Children

When it comes to chiropractic adjustments and children, we get asked what exactly does the adjustment do for them. Especially when we discuss why is it important for the overall health of the child. Well, we as chiropractors are concerned about the small misalignments that happen along the spinal column. It’s those small misalignments that create the interference to the nerve system which in turn does not allow the brain to control the body like it was intended to be controlled. This is where we can really start to get into some trouble when we are talking about trying to be healthy at an optimal level.

Our bodies are dynamic enough in that it can handle a lot of things that are thrown its way. However, at a certain point it will reach its breaking point and it will start to have the symptoms that we may experience. Now when we are talking about children, we are talking about things like colic, allergies, digestive troubles, headaches, and things of that nature. In infants, we will not be able to tell these things, but as a child grows, they are obviously able to communicate these symptoms. But it’s these types of symptoms that can be greatly reduced by making sure that the nervous system is free from interference.

Now it’s not uncommon for a lot of the adults that come into our office to express to us that how their babies or their children, or their adolescents are actually sleeping better. They are more focused at school. They are making better grades, they’re becoming better athletes, they’re reading better. All kinds of things are affected by making sure that the brain can communicate with the rest of the body. As a doctor of chiropractic and a father I’m committed to addressing the health of my children and the children of our community. If you or someone you know has a child that may be suffering, please contact Thornton Chiropractors and find out what can be done to help your child.

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Get Better Sleep This Spring

Spring is a time of growth and progress, but it is also a time for seasonal joint pain. Changes in temperature, humidity, and air pressure can affect your joints and cause you to feel pain, especially if you have prior injuries or arthritis. Plus, overlooked minor injuries from the winter ski season can quickly lead to chronic pain. Sleep is a necessity for injury recovery, pain management, and overall health, but it can be hard to rest if you have the wrong sleeping environment. Here are some ways to fall asleep faster this spring in order to better manage your pain:

Control the Humidity

Humidity rises slightly in springtime, especially with increased seasonal rainfall. A more humid environment makes it feel warmer than it actually is and can affect your ability to self-regulate your temperature at night. Managing your home’s humidity to about 30-50% can help prevent night sweats, congestion, and worsening of allergies. This can be accomplished with an air conditioner or a dehumidifier.

Take Control of Your Allergies and Asthma

Allergies can make it hard to fall asleep or stay asleep. Itchy eyes, sneezing, and trouble breathing are all symptoms that can prevent you from getting the rest that you need. Seasonal allergies and asthma can both be made worse by pollen in the air this spring. If you suffer from these conditions, discuss how to best manage your symptoms with your doctor, and consider chiropractic care for asthma. In addition to medication and treatment, reducing exposure to pollen and other allergens can drastically reduce symptoms and help your home feel more comfortable. Avoid opening your bedroom windows on high pollen days; you can check the pollen forecast on most weather websites. Keeping your home clean will also make a big impact on your symptoms, and therefore, your sleep. Taking a shower after coming inside, using an air purifier, and changing your clothes before sitting or lying in bed can all make a difference. Allergens will accumulate on soft surfaces in your bedroom, so use a pillow that you can wash and vacuum surfaces that you can’t, such as couch cushions.

Get a Massage

Massage therapy is a great way to relax, reduce pain, and decrease stress. Many people report that they get more restful sleep after getting a massage. The benefits are both physical and psychological. Whether it is once in a while or as part of a larger treatment plan, consider finding a massage therapist to help bring you into spring the right way and help you get a better night’s sleep.

Give your body the rest it needs this spring by setting up an ideal sleeping environment and managing chronic pain. Don’t ignore injuries from winter – get ahead of your pain and enjoy the season of wellness. Contact Thornton Chiropractors to schedule an appointment today!