As the general public develops growing sensitivities to the environment, many people have begun experiencing seasonal or environmental allergies with sometimes very severe symptoms. Whether its annoying symptoms like fits of sneezing and watery or itchy eyes and skin, or respiratory problems, migraines, and body aches, suffering from allergies can interfere with your ability to do the things that you enjoy most.
That interference can be felt especially by those of us living near all of the beautiful natural features that the State of Colorado has to offer. As the temperatures climb into mid-season summer highs, there’s no better time to enjoy the beauty and the wonder that these mountainous offer unless of course seasonal allergies keep you down. If that’s your case, massage may be a great addition to your health and wellness routine to keep you active and on the go instead of being cooped up and miserable!
Most Common Environmental Allergies
Did you know that the most frequent allergy complaints for seasonal and environmental allergies are in response to the following?
- Pet dander
Before being able to address how massage can help those suffering from allergies, first it is important to understand how allergies work and how typical treatments, such as over-the-counter medicines, can affect your body.
An allergy is defined as an altered bodily reaction or hypersensitivity to an antigen found in the environment. The body’s reaction is an exaggerated or immunological reaction to the substance, situation, or state that is triggered by the hypersensitivity. This medical condition can cause the sufferer to experience sickness after eating or difficulty breathing when exposed to some of the items in the above list. This perceived threat to wellbeing produces a series of antibodies and histamines that cause the allergy symptoms. By using over-the-counter medicines, these drugs encourage your body to also produce an anti-histamine to counter the production of the reactive histamines.
New Tool in the Toolkit: Massage
Thinking of massage as an additional if not alternative tool to combat allergies can make for an effective and holistic treatment plan. It works by encouraging your body to relax, which slows the chain reaction to allergens and can lower or even halt the production of histamines. Massage can also decrease the body’s production of the stress hormone, cortisol, which in turn enables a decrease in anxiety and stress levels that allow the body’s immune system to function normally. Additionally, massage can help boost the body’s blood/oxygenation levels, make breathing easier, and cutting the production of mucus and phlegm.
Next time you or someone you know is suffering from seasonal or environmental allergies, encourage them to check out our studio where one of our expert massage therapists can help provide the relief necessary to make this summer one of the best seasons yet.