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Alleviate Seasonal Allergy Symptoms with Physical Therapy

Mark Kaple

Mark Kaple

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Alleviate Seasonal Allergy Symptoms with Physical Therapy
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Physical therapy may not directly treat seasonal allergies themselves, as these are primarily managed through medication and avoidance strategies. However, physical therapy can help alleviate some of the symptoms associated with seasonal allergies and improve your overall quality of life. Here's how:

Ways a Physical Therapist Can Alleviate Seasonal Allergy Symptoms

Dry Needling

Dry needling is a technique used by some physical therapists to treat muscular pain and dysfunction. By targeting trigger points in respiratory muscles such as the diaphragm and intercostal muscles, this techniques may:

Manual Therapy

A physical therapist may use manual therapy techniques such as massage, myofascial release, and joint mobilization to address musculoskeletal issues that could exacerbate allergy symptoms. For example, massage therapy can help reduce muscle tension and improve lymphatic drainage, potentially alleviating congestion and discomfort.

Breathing Exercises

Seasonal allergies often affect the respiratory system, causing congestion and difficulty breathing. A physical therapist can teach breathing exercises that help improve lung function, reduce shortness of breath, and enhance overall respiratory efficiency. Techniques like diaphragmatic breathing and pursed-lip breathing can be particularly beneficial.

Postural Education

Poor posture can exacerbate respiratory symptoms by restricting lung capacity and increasing strain on respiratory muscles. Physical therapists provide education and exercises to improve posture, which may alleviate some breathing difficulties associated with allergies.

Cardiovascular Exercise

Regular cardiovascular exercise, under the guidance of a physical therapist, can improve lung function and overall fitness. Aerobic activities such as walking, cycling, or swimming can help strengthen respiratory muscles, increase lung capacity, and enhance circulation, which may mitigate the impact of seasonal allergies.

Stress Management

Allergy symptoms can be exacerbated by stress, and physical therapy can incorporate relaxation techniques to help manage stress levels. Practices such as progressive muscle relaxation, meditation, and mindfulness can promote relaxation and improve overall well-being, potentially reducing the severity of allergy symptoms.

Environmental Modification

A physical therapist can provide guidance on modifying your home or work environment to reduce exposure to allergens. This may include recommendations for air purifiers, bedding changes, and other strategies to minimize allergen exposure and improve indoor air quality.

Develop a Comprehensive Treatment Plan for Seasonal Allergies

While physical therapy cannot cure seasonal allergies, it can complement medical management by addressing secondary symptoms and improving overall respiratory function and quality of life. If you'd like someone to develop a comprehensive treatment plan for seasonal allergies tailored to individual needs, we'd be happy to help. 

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