How Can a Chiropractor Help with Asthma?
What is asthma?
Asthma is a chronic disease affecting the respiratory system and causes difficulty in breathing due to spasms in the lungs’ bronchi. It is a common condition affecting around 1 in 12 people, and symptoms include chest tightness, coughing and wheezing, and shortness of breath. The condition affects more children than adults, but asthma can be developed and diagnosed at any age. It is unknown why some people develop asthma, and others don’t, but the risk factors include having a relative with asthma, having allergies, being overweight, and smoking.
What causes an asthma attack?
Sufferers experience attacks of wheezing and breathlessness which, depending on the person, can happen at any time, or can be brought on by certain situations and triggers. Common asthma attack triggers include exercise, irritants in the air such as chemicals, tobacco smoke, and pollution, or exposure to allergies such as pollen, pets, mold, and dust mites.
The severity of asthma varies from mild to severe and, without correct treatment, it can be a life-threatening condition. It is very important that sufferers seek medical advice for severe asthma treatment. People often underestimate their symptoms, but all asthmatics are at risk, and serious complications can be avoided with the correct treatment.
Chiropractic asthma treatment Mi
Chiropractic care can be helpful to relieve symptoms, alongside the treatment and advice of your physician. Parents and children have both reported a reduction in the severity of symptoms following a series of chiropractic treatments.
Misalignment of the spine or improper spinal movements can affect the way the body handles irritants. A chiropractor can correct musculoskeletal alignment, resulting in better health overall. As well as handling irritants much better, chiropractic care helps to reduce stress, which is a known asthma trigger.
A chiropractor may also want to check and adjust the thoracic spine’s alignment. The nerves exiting the thoracic spine supplies the lungs and bronchial tubes so, when this section is not correctly aligned, it can affect the lungs’ ability to expand on inhalation fully. Adjusting this section of the spine will restore its full movement ability, which will aid lung expansion with inhalation.
Chiropractic treatment alongside traditional treatments
Inhalers and steroids are generally used to help manage the symptoms of asthma. Chiropractic asthma treatment works in conjunction with traditional medication and helps lessen the severity and instances of attacks. Patients using chiropractic asthma treatments generally see a reduction in the use of traditional medication, as the frequency and severity of attacks is noticeably improved. By realigning the spine and restoring the full range of movements, your chiropractor can help your body to enjoy better airflow and an improved immune system, leading to a reduction in the frequency of asthma attacks.