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Doylestown Chiropractor asks “Have You Tried Just About Everything For Your Allergies?”

April 17, 2012 115 comments

Wheezing, sniffling & sneezing.  

 

No, these are not the dwarfs, but just a few of the many symptoms that local allergy sufferers experience this time of year.

The earth comes alive, bursting with new growth and the wind is spreading the news. As spring blossoms, the pollen will flow and walk in the park or a play date with your dog or cat can result in red itchy eyes, nasal congestion and overall awfulness.  Commercials bombard us with idyllic images of allergy medication from pills to nasal sprays.

More Pills Are Not The Solution

A common treatment for allergies is the ‘take some medication and wait and see’ method.

While this may be necessary for temporary relief of severe symptoms, using them long term is no way to live. Some of the more common drugs given: Benadryl, Zyrtec, Allegra & Claritin all of which have serious side effects, including drowsiness, fatigue, headache, dizziness, abdominal pain, among others.

The Likely Cause Of Your Problem

I am Dr. Jeff McQuaite of Azzatori Chiropractic-Doylestown and I’ve been helping people with allergies for more than 15 years.

You may question why it is that other people appear to be so unaffected by the environment, while your body reacts, or rather overreacts to it. It’s a valid question. Allergic responses are caused by a hyperactive immune system that “freaks out” when confronted with commonplace foods and other products such as pollen, dust, dander, shellfish or nuts.

Have you ever wondered if a chiropractor can help with your allergies? The fact is that many people have experienced relief from their allergy symptoms after receiving a chiropractic treatment. The reason for this is because chiropractic manipulation affects the complete nervous system, including the autoimmune system. When there is an impedance in the nervous system, along with other problems, the autoimmune system, whose job it is to assist us in adapting and responding appropriately to our environment, can become under-active or overactive. The problem is the latter when it comes to your allergies.

Because chiropractic manipulations lessen or remove disturbances in the nervous system and bring the body back into balance and harmony, the treatments provide that same balance and harmony to the auto-immune system as well. A healthy immune system reacts appropriately to supposed allergens in the environment.

By using gentle techniques, I am able to release the pressure that has built up on the nerve. This allows the nerve to heal and the symptoms to go away.

For example, numerous studies have proven chiropractic’s effectiveness in helping asthma and allergies.

Robert Mendelsohn, M.D, Northwestern University Medical College:

“Traditional medicine has no cure for allergies, only treatment” and “You can depend on most doctors to largely ignore the cause … unfortunately, their treatment is often worse than the disease, especially since the relatively safe folk-measures of yesteryear have been replaced by the sophisticated, dangerous drugs of modern medicine.”

Journal of Pediatric, Maternal and Family Health, 2009:

A 7-year-old male was presented by his parents for chiropractic evaluation and possible care. The suffered from chronic colds, allergies, and asthma since the age of 5 months. At the time of initial evaluation, the patient was on a 1x/day dose of prescription Alavert for allergies and Albuterol for asthma. The patient’s illness caused him to miss approximately 1–2 days a month of school due to colds and symptoms of asthma. His parents also indicated that his health problems resulted in monthly visits to his medical doctor.

Interventions and Outcomes: The patient was cared for using  adjustments to address areas of vertebral subluxation in the cervical, thoracic, and lumbosacral spine. Within two weeks of initiating chiropractic care, the patient was able to discontinue his allergy and asthma medications (as decided upon by his parents) and the use of his nebulizer. In the first 5 months after beginning chiropractic care, he has had only wellness checkups at the medical doctor. In the past school year, the patient has not missed any days of school due to illness.

Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research, 1997:

In a study of 81 asthmatic children, 73 showed significant improvement after chiropractic adjustments; 25 of them voluntarily decreased their medication by an average of 66.5%. Several reports have shown lung volume to increase after chiropractic care. In another study of patients with chronic pulmonary disease (including bronchitis and emphysema) over 90% reported improvement in symptoms after spinal care.

Could Chiropractic Be Your Solution?

It’s time for you to find out if chiropractic will be your allergy solution. That’s no way to live, not when there could be an easy solution to your problem.  Nothing’s worse than feeling great mentally, but physically feeling held back from life because of your allergies – and the pain just won’t go away!

Azzatori Chiropractic

295 Logan Street

Doylestown, Pa. 18901

267-247-7000

www.mcquaitechiropractic.com

www.azzatorichiropractic.com

 

 

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Doylestown Chiropractor Discusses “The Only Proven Effective Treatment” for Chronic Whiplash

Dr. Jeff McQuaite, a Doylestown chiropractor asks, “you may have wondered, “If I get hurt in a Bucks County car accident, who should I go to for treatment of my whiplash problem?”

This can be quite a challenge as you have many choices available in the healthcare system ranging from drug-related approaches from anti-inflammatory over-the-counter types all the way to potentially addicting narcotic medications.  On the other side of the fence, there are nutritional based products such as vitamins and herbs as well as “alternative” or “complementary” forms of treatment such as chiropractic, exercise, and meditation, with many others in between.  Trying to figure out which approach or perhaps combined approaches would best serve your needs is truly challenging.  To help answer this question, two studies, Journal of Orthopaedic Medicine, 1999; and , Injury, 1996; reported the superiority of chiropractic management for patients with chronic whiplash, as well as which type of chronic whiplash patients responded best to the care.  The research paper begins with the comment stating, “Conventional [meaning medical] treatment of patients with whiplash symptoms is disappointing.”  In the study, 93 patients were divided into three groups consisting of:

•             Group 1: Patients with a “coat-hanger” pain distribution (neck and upper shoulders) and loss of neck range of motion (ROM), but no neurological deficits;

•             Group 2: Patients with neurological problems (arm/hand numbness and/or weakness) plus neck pain and ROM loss); and,

•             Group 3: Patients who reported severe neck pain but had normal neck ROM and no neurological losses.

The average time from injury to first treatment was 12 months and an average of 19 treatments over a 4 month time frame was utilized.  The patients were graded on a 4-point scale that described their symptoms before and after treatment.  Grade A patients were pain free;  Grade B patients reported their pain as a “nuisance;”  Grade C patients had partial activity limitations due to pain; and  Grade D patients were disabled.

Here are the results:

•             Group 1: 72% reported improvement as follows: 24% were asymptomatic, 24% improved by 2 grades, 24% by 1 grade, and 28% reported no improvement.

•             Group 2: 94% reported improvement as follows: 38% were asymptomatic, 43% improved by 2 grades, 13% by 1 grade, and 6% had no improvement.

•             Group 3: 27% reported improvement as follows: 0% were asymptomatic, 9% improved by 2 grades, 18% by 1 grade, 64% showed no improvement, and 9% got worse.

This study is very important as it illustrates how effective chiropractic care is for patients who have sustained a motor vehicle crash with a resulting whiplash injury.  It’s important to note the type of patient presentation that responded best to care had neurological complaints and associated abnormal neck range of motion.  This differs from other non-chiropractic studies where it is reported that patients with neurological dysfunction responded poorly when compared to a group similar to the Group A patient here (neck/shoulder pain, reduced neck ROM, and with normal neurological function).

For more information on how our office can help you if you have been in a car accident and are suffering from whiplash, please contact us:

Azzatori Chiropractic-Doylestown

295 Logan Street

Doylestown, Pa 18901

267-247-7000

www.mcquaitechiropractic.com

www.azzatorichiropractic.com