Just like that, Spring is here and so is its unwelcome companion, allergies. While some are affected by allergies year-round, many adults suffer from allergies throughout Spring and early summer as all that fresh pollen wreaks havoc on our immune systems. This pollen triggers an allergic reaction, causing sneezing, congestion, headaches, itchy nose, watery eyes and even a sore throat.
There are plenty of over-the-counter remedies that offer instant relief of allergy symptoms, but we always like to recommend some natural alternatives and complementary therapies. One of these complementary therapies that can be done by a professional and yourself is massage.
Different massage techniques offer different forms of relief, and there are a handful of massage techniques that can help to fight allergies. Below we discuss 3 massage techniques that may help some allergy sufferers find relief and what symptoms they alleviate.
The most common allergy symptoms include sinus pressure, congestion, and headaches. One of the fastest ways you can gain some relief is through facial massages. These massages should focus on your sinuses, which can be found in your forehead, cheekbones, and around the nose and eyes. Check out our article 3 Massages for Sinus Relief that walks you through 3 techniques you can do yourself to relieve sinus pain and pressure.
Reflexology Lymph Drainage
The lymphatic system is an organ system in vertebrates that is part of the immune system, often compromised when you get sick or have an allergic reaction. Reflexology Lymph Drainage (RLD) is an award-winning reflexology technique that stimulates the lymphatic reflexes in the feet to encourage lymph movement and drainage. The point that stimulates your lungs, chest, and bronchioles are in the center of the balls of your feet. Gently massage these points to open blocked sinus cavities and encourage drainage.
Wind Mansion Pressure Point
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) believes in maintaining a healthy flow of vital energy—known as qi—through the meridians of the body. These meridians are like channels through which the qi flows. There are pressure points that run along meridians that help to revitalize the flow of qi throughout the body and provide relief for specific symptoms. One of these pressure points is called Wind Mansion and is located at the base of the skull and top of the neck. Applying pressure and massaging this area is well known to reduce headaches and congestion caused by seasonal allergies.
The professionals at Arapahoe Chiropractic & Acupuncture Center are here to help you find the most natural ways to treat your body. We offer a handful of services that help alleviate allergy symptoms, including massage, acupuncture, chiropractic care, and even natural supplements. Contact us or schedule a consultation for you or a loved one today!
BY: Dr. Friedman
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