If you’ve ever suffered from seasonal or environmental allergies, you know firsthand how symptoms like watery and itchy eyes and skin, constant sneezing and breathing difficulties, and the resulting headaches can detract from your quality of life. It affects how you interact with people, the kinds of activities you can engage in, and where you can go. Before you can beat allergies, it’s important to understand how they work and how traditional methods of over-the-counter medicines can affect your body.
Most definitions of allergies describe a hypersensitivity disorder where your body reacts when it perceives a threat to its wellbeing. This reaction most often includes producing a series of antibodies and histamines that give off the symptoms associated with “having allergies.” When you take OTC medicine, the drugs encourage your system to produce anti-histamines to counter the production of histamines but oftentimes these medicines can lead to drowsiness, dehydration, or other side effects.
Massage is an excellent tool to help combat environmental allergies through encouraging your body to relax. When your body is able to reach a calm state, reactions to allergens slow and the production of histamines decreases. It also lowers the production of cortisol, a stress hormone that is known to exacerbate allergic conditions. When you are more relaxed, overall anxiety and stress levels decrease, allowing your blood circulation to increase, delivering more oxygen to throughout your body and removing toxins more efficiently. After that, less mucus and phlegm are produced and you begin to breath easier. The next time allergies attack, instead of heading to your local pharmacy, consider booking an appointment at Elements Massage Peoria South with one of our expert therapists to help you find the relief you are looking for through a more holistic approach.