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Allergy Relief through Massage

Elements Massage Central Scottsdale Aug 16, 2016

Allergies can be rough. From sneezing attacks to watery and itchy eyes, throbbing headaches to scratchy throats, dealing with allergies can make you feel like hitting the pause button on life. Massage can help you fight against the effects of seasonal allergies, whether blooming flora, pollen, cedar, or more.

An allergy is defined as a hypersensitivity disorder of the immune system. Although there are many pharmacological aids available on the market, many of these helpful drugs that promise relief are accompanied by side effects that include severe sleepiness, dehydration, and headaches. Additionally, numerous individuals develop tolerances to the antihistamines available over-the-counter, which causes these “helpful” drugs to stop working.

When the body is confronted with a threat or perceived threat to its well-being, the body reacts by producing antibodies and histamines which are responsible for the majority of allergy symptoms. The top environmental reactions occur to the following:

  • Dust
  • Grass
  • Pet dander
  • Pollen
  • Molds

Using Massage
When experiencing allergies, the human body goes into a stress-mode. Massage can help calm the body’s response to the “perceived threats” by encouraging relaxation. In turn, this can reduce the body’s production of antihistamines that create the uncomfortable and irritating symptoms. Additionally massage can suppress the production of cortisol and adrenaline that exacerbate allergic reactions.

In a more relaxed state, your body breathes better. Massage encourages blood flow and boosts oxygenation to increase circulation. This can open up restricted airways and deliver much-needed relief.  Talk to our professional team at Elements Massage Central Scottsdale about how we can help you use massage to combat difficult allergies!

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