Blogs from March, 2024

Man with seasonal allergies stopping to blow nose while jogging in the park.

Helping You Enjoy the Spring to the Fullest

Seasonal allergies can turn what should be a beautiful time of the year into months filled with sneezing, coughing, and discomfort. While over-the-counter medications are often the go-to solution for many, there's a growing interest in exploring how physical therapy can offer relief from seasonal allergy symptoms. At ProFysio Physical Therapy, we believe in a holistic approach to health, and managing seasonal allergies is no exception.

Improving Respiratory Function

One of the primary ways physical therapists can assist those dealing with seasonal allergies is by improving respiratory function. Our physical therapists are skilled in techniques that can help strengthen the muscles involved in breathing. This includes exercises that focus on the diaphragm and intercostal muscles, which can enhance lung capacity and efficiency. By improving respiratory function, individuals may find it easier to breathe during peak allergy seasons, thereby being able to go about daily activities more comfortably.

Enhancing Posture to Aid Breathing

Poor posture can significantly impact your ability to breathe deeply and efficiently. Slouching or hunching over can compress the lungs, making it more challenging to take full breaths. This is particularly problematic for individuals with seasonal allergies, as restricted breathing can exacerbate symptoms. Physical therapy can help by teaching and reinforcing exercises that improve posture. Through targeted exercises, our therapists can help you develop a posture that opens up the chest and airways, facilitating easier breathing.

Manual Therapy for Sinus Relief

In some cases, manual therapy techniques can provide direct relief from the symptoms of seasonal allergies. For example, gentle massage and mobilization techniques around the neck, face, and head can help improve lymphatic drainage, reducing congestion and sinus pressure. These techniques can offer immediate relief from certain symptoms of seasonal allergies.

Reducing Stress

Stress is known to worsen allergy symptoms. When stressed, the body releases hormones like cortisol, which can boost the production of substances in the blood that trigger allergic reactions. Physical therapy can play a crucial role in stress reduction. Therapeutic exercises, guided relaxation techniques, and even manual therapy can help reduce stress levels, potentially mitigating the severity of allergy symptoms. Learning how to manage stress through physical therapy can not only help during allergy season but also benefit overall health and well-being at all times of the year.

Consult with a Physical Therapist to Learn How You Could Benefit

At ProFysio Physical Therapy, we're committed to helping patients achieve their best health, season after season. Our team of experienced physical therapists is ready to work with you to develop a personalized plan that addresses your unique needs and symptoms. Whether it's through strengthening exercises, posture correction, stress management, or manual therapy, we're here to support you in managing your seasonal allergies more effectively.

If you're interested in exploring how physical therapy can help relieve allergic symptoms, contact us today at (732) 812-5200 to schedule a consultation. Let us help you breathe easier and enjoy every season to its fullest!