Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a skin condition characterized by inflammation of the skin. In the term dermatitis, ‘derma-’ means skin and ‘-itis’ means inflammation.
If you suffer from eczema or know somebody who does, you’ll notice redness, dry skin, scaling, itching, and puffiness of the skin. Many people turn to different creams and ointments to help soothe symptoms, but did you know that a chiropractor can also help you find relief from this condition?
In a guest post by Dr. Brent Wells, D.C, discover how seeing a chiropractor for eczema can give you a better understanding of your body and help you heal from the inside-out.
Atopic dermatitis is the most common type of eczema. Many who develop atopic dermatitis can also suffer from two other conditions that play alongside the skin condition: Hay fever and asthma.
Although there is speculation around the cause for this condition, eczema is said to be more prone in households where family members have a history of dealing with asthma and allergies according to WebMD.
What Are the Different Types of Eczema?
Eczema isn’t just one unique condition, but it comes in a few different forms with varying degrees of intensity. Eczema is many times triggered, however, each type comes with different triggers. No two people are said to have the same triggers, and it also varies from person to person.
If and when allergies are connected to the eczema (generally the atopic dermatitis always is), those triggers are typically due to direct contact to whatever it is the person is allergic to or sensitive to.
According to Healthline, some different types of eczema are:
- Stasis dermatitis
- Hand eczema
- Contact dermatitis
Different forms of eczema sometimes present more intense symptoms. For example, with contact dermatitis the skin doesn’t only itch, but it can also burn, create hives or cause blisters that begin to burst over a certain span of time.
If one suffers from contact dermatitis, there are generally allergens or irritants that cause the skin and body system to be triggered.
- Poison Ivy
- Skincare products
- Tobacco smoke
These triggers include not only allergic reactions due to contact, but immune system reactions as well.
On the other hand, hand eczema generally affects those who work with certain chemicals on a consistent basis. In this case, gloves can be worn to protect the hands from being affected.
Regardless of which eczema you might be suffering from, an experienced chiropractic doctor can help you to determine which form of eczema you may be dealing with and provide solutions for your symptoms.
Can Stress Affect My Eczema?
Too much stress always has a way of negatively impacting the body. The skin can be affected by stress, causing eczema breakouts due to an increase of the stress hormone in the body.
This increase in stress causes more of those oil glands to reproduce, leaving the skin oily. Eventually, the skin becomes more sensitive, causing the body to react easily to stress.
Many times, anxiety can be linked to stress, and according to Psychology Today, anxiety can exacerbate eczema and the symptoms associated with it.
Relieving Stress with a Chiropractor
Tense muscles and aching bones can oftentimes be a reflection of stress that isn’t being managed well. Adjustments received at the chiropractor can help relieve stress and tension from the body. In many cases, less stress means less eczema.
Stress to the body also causes muscles to become all the more tense, leading them to contract more. This increase in contractions can lead to muscle stress from all the unnecessary and constant tension that is present. Not only can chronic stress affect eczema, but it also produces other pains in the body, such as:
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Shoulder tension
Seeing a chiropractor is beneficial to be sure that any misalignments or dislocations are adjusted. Making sure the spine is in the right position enables the rest of the body to function properly.
The Central Nervous System and Eczema
The Central Nervous System (CNS) is composed of the spinal cord and the brain. Because the CNS houses the spinal cord, it’s important to know that a healthy spine is necessary to ensure the rest of the body is well managed.
A healthy immune system in the body is only as healthy as the spine. Without a healthy spine, the rest of the body suffers. This relates to eczema because a healthy immune system keeps the skin condition well managed.
The immune system has to work properly in order to prevent the skin condition from flaring. It’s possible for eczema to even be eradicated with consistent and effective treatment, along with a healthy immune system.
The Bottom Line: Chiropractor and Eczema
Dysfunctions in the immune system can trigger eczema, hence why it’s important to ensure the whole body is stress free, without any threatening dislocations or misalignments.
Seeing a chiropractor for eczema ensures that the spine is properly aligned, while keeping everything flowing and operating properly. The immune system is then able to optimally function, therefore reducing eczema triggers.
Although one of the biggest barriers to seeing a chiropractor might be the cost, chiropractor prices are fairly affordable when compared to a doctor’s rate. Trying this alternative treatment might help relieve your eczema in a natural, non-invasive procedure.
Have you seen a chiropractor for eczema? Let us know your experience below!
Dr. Brent Wells, D.C. has been a chiropractor for over 20 years and has treated thousands of patients. He founded Better Health Chiropractic & Physical Rehab in Alaska in 1998 and is a member of the American Chiropractic Association and the American Academy of Spine Physicians. Dr. Wells is also the author of over 700 online health articles that have been featured on sites such as Dr. Axe and Lifehack. He continues his education to remain active and updated in all studies related to neurology, physical rehab, biomechanics, spine conditions, brain injury trauma, and more.