Allergies can be frustrating, leaving you with a runny nose, eyes, and multiple other uncomfortable symptoms. Even if you take medications to treat your allergies, you may want to consider massage therapy. Massage therapy may help to alleviate some of the allergy symptoms you’re experiencing.
Massage therapy works in multiple ways to help with the allergy symptoms you deal with regularly. The touch involved in massage presses on nerve cell receptors, which activates your nervous system and results in the release of chemicals that enhance your mood, such as serotonin and dopamine. Since the parasympathetic nervous system is stimulated with massage, many people notice that they enjoy a calming effect, since stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol, are reduced with massage. These stress hormones are often linked to allergic responses.
With the release of natural endorphins from massage therapy, a natural high often occurs, which may help reduce allergy symptoms. Reducing the levels of stress hormones in the body also boosts the immune system, which can also help the body deal with allergens more effectively.
Many people who deal with allergies have a runny nose and they often find themselves sneezing. Massage may help to clear away some of the mucous that comes with allergies, reducing problems with sneezing and a runny nose. Facial massage may be particularly helpful for relieving some of the sinus symptoms that come with allergies.
Of course, while massage therapy can definitely provide some relief from allergy symptoms, it’s important to remember that you still need to keep taking allergy medications as directed. Massage for allergies is a complimentary therapy and cannot take the place of your medications, so keep taking your medications and consider adding massage therapy to your regimen to further relieve your symptoms.
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