Most people are familiar with asthma and probably know someone who has it. It is a condition often found in kids and young adults, but it can persist into adulthood that restricts breathing. There are different types of asthma, but those who have this condition are often forced to use a prescribed inhaler to help keep the airways open. It is important to note that these inhalers consist of steroids – not something you want to be using regularly over several years if you can avoid it! The steroid mist allows for the dilatation of the airway, but can have harmful side effects. There was a study in 2005 that showed 80% of the 5,000 asthma related deaths were due to drug treatment, not the disease.
Understandably, many parents are concerned about the side effects and are looking for natural methods to help their asthmatic child.
Children’s Asthma and Chiropractic
An article published in the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research (Vol. 1 No. 4) showed positive effects of chiropractic care on 81 children with asthma. It concluded that “Based upon information currently available, chiropractic care represents a safe non-pharmacological health care approach, that may be associated with a decrease in asthma-related impairment, reduced respiratory effort, and a decrease incidence of asthma attacks. The correction of vertebral subluxation could reduce or eliminate the need for medication, and potentially ease the severity of the asthmatic condition.”
Study after study shows remarkable improvement for asthma suffers who undergo chiropractic care. Improvements include decrease in symptoms as well as decrease in the use of the acute asthma attack medication. This is great news as chiropractic is completely natural and does not have the dangerous side effects that medications can have!
With chiropractic care, we have kids that no longer use their inhalers because we get their bodies working naturally. An area of the spine that we look to for asthma is between the shoulder blades. In a person with asthma, there may be pressure on the nerves that exit at those vertebral levels. Those nerves go to the smooth muscle lining of the lungs. Like any muscle when there’s an injury to an area, the muscle tends to spasm. This shortens the lung capacity by 30-40% so there is labored breathing. Chiropractic care takes the pressure off the nerve so the body restores itself, making the breathing easier.
The nerves in the cervical, or neck region, should also be checked carefully as they contribute to lung function. At Relief Plus Chiropractic we check the entire spine to make sure that your body has full nerve supply and can work at its full potential. When there is good communication between the brain and the organs via the nerves, the body is able to express life better. With chiropractic, we focus on preventing the asthmatic attacks rather than trying to chase the symptoms. Experts will agree that a fully functioning nervous system, that is free of interference, allows the best opportunity for the expression of health.
Get Asthma Relief!
If you or someone you know has been suffering from asthma and is looking for an alternative method to get to the cause of your symptoms, we encourage you to call our office and take advantage of a FREE Consultation. Dr. Sara Hillesheim of Relief Plus Chiropractic is a Minnetonka chiropractor dedicated to spreading the message of chiropractic and helping as many people as possible achieve a lifetime of health and wellness. Our office is located near the intersection of County Road 101 and Minnetonka Boulevard near Wayzata MN and Deephaven MN. Call our office today at (952) 681-2863! – See more at: http://www.reliefplusmn.com