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Seasonal Allergies 

Seasonal allergies are common. They occur only during certain times of the year particularly the spring, summer, or fall, depending on what a person is allergic to. Signs and symptoms for the allergic response include runny/stuffy nose, sneezing, red, itchy, and watery eyes, coughing, and swelling around the eyes. Integrative Therapies can be very effective tools for managing all of those symptoms. Different therapeutic modalities are like different languages that your body speaks – the key is to find the right language (or combination of languages) that your body will listen to. At Stepping Stone Acupuncture & Wellness, we offer many services that can benefit patients suffering from seasonal allergies, either as stand-alone therapies or in combination with one another. When it comes to holistic medicine, we find that the whole is often greater than the sum of the parts.


Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle hands-on manual therapy technique. The craniosacral system extends from the head (cranium) to the sacrum and includes the central nervous system. A craniosacral therapist can feel and rebalance the rhythm of cerebrospinal fluid flow, which covers your bones, joints, and sutures. Craniosacral Therapy seeks to reset the nervous system, which operates on high alert when your body is in a reactive state. It also improves flow of lymph and fluid through the head, neck, and body, thereby open up your nasal passages and reducing sinus pressure. It can reduce tension and inflammation in the body’s membranes, as well as calm activated nerve fibers between the sutures of the skull and facial bones.


Acupuncture

Acupuncture involves the insertion of single-use, sterile, solid needles into specific acupuncture points on the body to reduce pain and inflammation, overcome disease, and rebalance the body. Your acupuncturist will work with you to determine the underlying cause of your allergies issues from a Chinese Medicine perspective, and your treatments will be tailored to your unique presentation. Additional Chinese Medicine methods such as cupping and gua sha manual therapy may be included in acupuncture sessions, when appropriate. Acupuncture can reduce inflammation, regulate immune function, reduce the allergic response, reduce itching, and open the nasal passages.


Chinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese Herbal Medicine works on the same principles as acupuncture – but the herbs work from the inside-out, whereas acupuncture works from the outside-in. Herbs are taken in a formula of 2-20 herbs working together to create balance in the body, reduce pain and inflammation, and boost your body’s natural resources. Formulas are customized to your individual presentation of allergies, and can be a very effective option for managing symptoms without or in addition to over the counter medication. Herbs are prescribed in pills, teas, tinctures, powders, or raw herbs to decoct at home.


Health Coaching

A Health Coach is a supportive mentor and wellness guide, who can help you to identify food triggers for your seasonal allergies. Health Coaching sessions focus on looking at all aspects of your lifestyle and how simple changes can reduce inflammation, congestion, and your body's reactivity, such as diet, exercise, supplements, sleep habits, work stress, and relationships. More and more research shows that food triggers may be underlying or at least exacerbate seasonal allergy symptoms.


Reflexology:

Reflexology is a therapeutic treatment in which pressure is applied to particular points and regions of the foot to affect change in the whole body. Reflex points on the feet correspond to different organs and body systems, and by stimulating these points the practitioner can create positive change in a particular system and bring the body back into balance. A trained reflexologist can help alleviate pressure or congestion in the sinuses, as well as treat eye, ear, or throat discomfort, through focused work on particular points on the feet.


Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage:

Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage is a specialized gentle massage technique that encourages the movement of lymph fluids around the body, helping them into an area that can drain normally. When allergies result in chronic sinus congestion or pressure, this type of massage can help reduce fluid build-up, lessen inflammation in the sinuses, and aid in restoring normal fluid drainage in the head and face. 

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