Allergies can strike at any time of year depending upon what you are allergic too. The sudden onset of sneezing fits, itchy eyes, and blinding headaches can interfere with your ability to perform even the most routine daily tasks. One thing that may be able to help you find relief in your battle against environmental allergies is the healing power of massage.
Why Allergies Happen
Before addressing how massage can help, first a look at why allergies happen in the first place. The technical definition of any allergy is a reaction of the immune system to a perceived threat. This perception or hypersensitivity catalyzes your body to produce antibodies and histamines, which are responsible for the symptoms associated with most allergy sufferers. Allergic reactions happen when your body misidentifies a harmless substance as a threat.
Several of the most common allergens that cause reactions include:
- Grass and weeds
- Pet dander
- Dust mites
How Massage Helps
As a great way to induce relaxation, massage can help alleviate many of the annoying symptoms allergies can bring. By enabling your body to slow down, the severity of your reaction should decrease including a reduction in your body’s production of the stress hormone, cortisol known to exacerbates the amount of histamines your body makes.
By boosting blood flow and increasing oxygenation of your muscles, a massage is a great way to re-center, take time to open up your airways to reduce the mucus and phlegm production, and allow you to achieve relief. Next time you are suffering from allergies, contact us to book your next appointment so you can get back to enjoying your life!