Another way to approach seasonal allergies

Tue, 02/26/2008 - 3:15pm
By: The Citizen

By Dr. Marilyn Durden
Special to The Citizen

The trees are budding, which means that pollen will soon be in the air.

Chiropractic care doesn’t treat allergies. So, why do so many people with allergies mention that they get relief by receiving care in our office?

It’s Not the Pollen - There are many signs of an allergic reaction. Itchy eyes, runny nose, sneezing, skin rash and more serious reactions can include constricted air passage ways, vomiting and even death. All this from a handful of peanuts, an encounter with a cat or microscopic grains of pollen in the air!

If everyone reacts to those common substances, we could fix the blame squarely on the nut, dander, shellfish or pollen. But not everyone reacts. So, it’s not the allergen! What is it then?

Inappropriate Threat - Your nervous system is the master system that orchestrates your immune system, glandular system, respiratory system and every other system that reacts inappropriately to an allergen. Normally, these systems help you respond and adapt to the world around you. But suffering from uncontrollable sneezing around a house cat is an inappropriate reaction.

If your nervous system isn’t working right, you don’t work right. So, rather than direct our attention to the countless potential allergens, we locate and reduce the disturbances we find to your nervous system.

How full is your “adaptation bucket?”

A Full Bucket - Each of us was born with the capacity to withstand or adapt to stress. If we’re unable to deal with things we eat, breathe or come into contact with it may be because our ability to adapt is used up.

Pretend that this bucket represents your capacity to adapt to the physical, emotional and chemical stresses of life. Every stressful encounter your body faces fills up your bucket. If your bucket is already full and you encounter pollen, foods or other chemicals, your bucket overflows.

When this happens, people say they’re having an allergic reaction. But what they’re really saying is, “I’ve lost my ability to adapt. My bucket is used up.”

Chiropractic: Nervous System - So, we don’t treat allergies. We look for ways to restore your ability to adapt to allergens by locating and reducing disturbances to your nervous system. Simple, really.

Atlas Orthogonal Chiropractic - At the Durden Chiropractic Clinic, we are board certified in this gentle specific technique, which was highlighted on the Montel Williams Show from Dec. 18, 2007. You can view this segment on our website,, Our Techniques. While you are there click on Atlas Orthogonal “read more” and view an 8 min. video about our wonderful technique.

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