Asthma is a chronic lung disease that has afflicted more people in the last 20 years than ever. Some doctors attribute the increase to the pollutants in the air, the changes in the modern diet, and lack of adequate ventilation in homes.
According to the Mayo Clinic, asthma symptoms vary by individuals and may be mild, severe, or somewhere in between. Shortness of breath and tightness in the chest, along with a wheezing sound when exhaling are common asthma symptoms. Common treatments include steroid inhalers and other medications.
With the millions of asthma sufferers seeking relief, non-traditional treatments have emerged in addition to the everyday remedies. One of the alternatives that has shown positive results is chiropractic care.
A person who suffers from asthma can enjoy multiple benefits from chiropractic. Four of the top benefits chiropractic care can bring to asthma patients are the following:
Reducing the frequency of attacks
Over time, chiropractic care can help some asthma sufferers decrease the number of attacks. When a spine is in alignment and moving well, energy flows through the nerves to the person’s organs. When the spine does not move properly, it sends the wrong information to your brain and causes the energy to fail to flow through the nerve endings as effectively, and a host of issues can arise.
The lungs can suffer when the wrong information is getting to the brain. Chiropractors are to adjust the person so that the nerve system is optimized and health is maximized. In some cases, this helps lung function and decreases the number of asthma attacks.
Stimulating air flow
The lungs are obviously vital for breathing, but the airway and diaphragm also play a part. Both of these can be hindered by a nerve system that is not working well.
When a chiropractor works with a person, the airways and diaphragm can move more freely, allowing better airflow. While this is not a cure for asthma, in many cases stimulating a body’s airflow can help decrease the suffering the chronic condition causes.
Boosting the immune system
A significant number of asthma attacks are brought on and exacerbated by an individual’s low immune system. Chiropractic care helps increase the effectiveness of the immune system.
Think of it this way: The autonomic nervous system is connected to the body’s immune system by way of the endocrine system. When the spine is causing distortions in the nerve system, it can affect the immune system.
If a person suffers from chronic asthma attacks, this could be the time when he or she has an episode. A chiropractor can create a positive domino effect. The nervous system improves, the immune system improves, and the asthma attacks decrease.
Working in conjunction with traditional asthma medication
People with asthma commonly use inhalers and steroids to manage their symptoms. Chiropractic care is non-invasive and works with these treatments to lessen the instances and severity of attacks. So that steroids are only needed for emergencies.
A study by Michigan Chiropractic Council showed that asthma sufferers who went through 30 days of chiropractic care reported a 70% reduction in medication.
People who commit to chiropractic can sometimes manage the symptoms of asthma more naturally, and lessen their dependence on medications. Keeping an emergency puffer available for emergencies is the goal of many of our practice members at Incredible Family Chiropractic.
We work with Milton parents to co-manage their child’s asthma. By having both disciplines co-manage your case, you’ll work toward a healthier outcome, possibly even without the use of drugs. Give us a call to learn more.