Chiropractic and Asthma
Asthma is a common condition, affecting nearly 10% of the population. The condition is characterized by shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing attacks, chest tightness and exhaustion. Attacks may be triggered by environmental variables such as allergens and air quality. Other poorly understood intrinsic factors, including stress and exertion. People with this breathing condition are also more prone to secondary respiratory illnesses, which may prove fatal in the very young and the very old.
Asthma is a chronic condition that is usually managed with medications, typically a combination of bronchodilators and corticosteroids. Usually a long-acting medication (often a corticosteroid) is taken daily. A secondary, fast-acting "rescue inhaler" (bronchodilator) is used during an attack. Sufferers can also learn to manage symptoms by reducing exposure to their triggers. But did you know that chiropractic can also help manage asthma symptoms?
Chiropractic can help asthma sufferers in two ways:
1) By restoring proper skeletal movement through the spine and rib cage:
Poor posture, joint restrictions and subluxations in the upper back and rib cage can physically restrict proper lung inflation.
2) By optimizing nerve flow to the lungs.
Nerves that control lung function travel through the upper cervical spine, as well as the thoracic spine. Subluxations in these areas of the spine can limit the brain's ability to communicate properly with the lungs and result in pulmonary system impairments.
Chiropractic patients frequently report a decrease in both frequency and severity of asthmatic episodes, and a reduction in bronchodilator use. These effects will be gradual and may take a few months to be noticeable. While it is possible that not every asthmatic will find relief, published research indicates that a significant portion of patients do see improvements in their symptoms. Given the safety and overall health benefits of chiropractic, you only stand to gain - gain freedom from debilitating symptoms, gain increased quality of life, and gain increased longevity.
Exploration of Chiropractic Care for the Management of Asthma a literature review
Chiropractors Really Do Treat Asthma? a case study