Seasonal allergies can make you feel like your life is on hold while you suffer through sneeze attacks, watering and itchy eyes, or pounding headaches. The beautiful blooming flora around you can seem like your enemy instead of a part of nature that you can enjoy. One thing that can help you in the battle against pollen, cedar, and other environmental allergies though is massage.
The technical definition of an allergy is a hypersensitivity disorder of the immune system and although there are pharmacological aids that can provide relief, many people find themselves not reacting to the range of anti-histamines or developing high tolerances that do not allow the over-the-counter drugs on the market today to work effectively. In more simple terms, an allergy is a word that describes how a body reacts when it perceives a threat to its well-being.
Most commonly, this perceived threat initiates the body’s response system to produce antibodies and histamines, which give off the symptoms common to most allergy sufferers.
Some of the most common environmental allergic reactions are to the following substances:
- Grass and weeds
- Pet dander
How Massage Can Address the Symptoms of Massage
Since stress can exacerbate allergy symptoms, one of the first ways massage helps deal with allergies is by encouraging relaxation. This helps to slow the body’s reaction to the allergens and slows the production of histamines that create the typical allergy sufferers symptoms. It also lowers the production of cortisol and adrenaline in your body so you feel calmer and less stressed and anxious. Once you are able to attain a more relaxed state, you can also breathe easier. With a boost in blood circulation and oxygenation, your body’s production of mucus and phlegm slows enabling you to open up airways and experience relief.
Combating the intrusion of allergy symptoms through massage can help you do the things you want to do in life, like go on a hike, walk the dog, or clean the house without the drowsiness of over the counter drugs. Instead, massage can set your body up for relaxation to help alleviate allergic reactions and to holistically prepare you to deal with environmental allergens. Call Elements Massage Chandler Village 480.917.4880 and get started today!