March means spring is just around the corner! The weather warms up; the days start to get longer; fruits and vegetables come back in season; and the flowers start to bloom. If you’re one of the more than fifty million Americans who suffer from allergies, then that last fact might be at the front of your mind. According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthmas and Immunology allergies is the fifth most common chronic disease in adults, and third most common in children. This means that about a fourth of people will be experiencing the sneezing, sniffling, itchiness, and all around discomfort they come with this allergy season.
Americans spend around 7.9 billion dollars every year on allergy treatments – both direct and indirectly. Your body going into overdrive and kicking your immune system into reacting to innocuous substances causes allergies. Histamines are pumped into your blood stream, which results in the symptoms we associate with most allergies: runny nose, foggy thinking and low-grade chronic cough. Many Americans rely on antihistamines and other pharmacological treatments to relieve symptoms, but holistic approaches like massage therapy can also help alleviate these uncomfortable effects of allergies. By reducing stress and relaxing the muscles in the body, therapeutic massage can help reduce the body’s responses and flush out the histamines and other build up in the muscles. Opening up the muscles and getting blood flowing can help break the cycle the body gets into during allergy season, which can help break the cycle of reactions. This spring, add massage therapy to your regular regiment of antihistamines and other remedies to give your body a break! Call Elements Massage at the Scottsdale Promenade to experience the healing touch! 480.998.2120.
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