Asthma is a chronic lung disease that affects more than 28 million children and adults.
Sufferers of experience periods of difficulty breathing, mostly due to constriction of the airways, tightening of the muscles around the airways, and irritation within the lungs. Untreated asthma can cause:
- Loss of school or work
- Costly emergency room and hospital visits
- In some cases, death
What Causes Asthma?
For unknown reasons, instances of asthma have increased drastically in recent years. The exact causes of asthma haven’t been determined, but asthma is widely believed to result from:
- Genetics, or a family history
- Respiratory infections in young children
- Exposing young children to certain allergens and viral infections when their immune systems are still developing
- Exposure to cigarette smoke
- Carrying too much extra weight
What are the Common Symptoms?
Asthma symptoms can vary in intensity and number of occurrences. Typical symptoms include wheezing, which produces a high-pitched whistle noise when you breathe; chronic cough that lasts more than three weeks at a time; the inability to catch your breath; and tightness in the chest – or a feeling that you can’t expand your chest enough to breathe properly.
The Effects of Stress
Research is beginning to show – as many medical practitioners have believed for years already – that anxiety, depression, and stress can actually make your symptoms worse. By taking steps to alleviate chronic stress, sufferers can drastically reduce the severity of their asthma episodes. One such way to alleviate chronic stress is to see a chiropractor for treatment of spinal misalignment, a condition that can cause spinal irritation and have a significant impact on general health and stress levels.
An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure
If you can identify the triggers that tend to bring on your attacks, you can greatly reduce your amount and intensity of episodes. Plus, we can help you with your overall level of fitness and maintaining optimum body and chest mechanics, which are often disturbed in asthma and respiratory infections.
Some common triggers include animal dander, dust, pollen, mold, smoke, pollution, and strong fumes from things such as cleaning chemicals, perfumes, etc. You can minimize triggers by taking preventative measures such as changing your bed sheets weekly, regularly replacing the air filter in your home (and springing for air filters that filter out a greater amount of dust mites), limiting exposure to smoke and other strong fumes as much as possible, and keeping your pet away from your sleeping quarters (or, if problems persist, sending the pet to live with a family member).
Chiropractic Care in The Treatment of Asthma
If you or a loved one are suffering from asthma, we can perform a thorough evaluation to determine what could be causing some – or all – of their symptoms related to correctable causes…
Many asthma sufferers who undergo chiropractic treatments are able to decrease – and in some cases, eliminate – the use of asthma medications.
You should note, however, that because chiropractic care focuses on restoring optimal function of the spine and nervous system, chiropractic is not a “quick fix” for asthma.
We can help you determine whether spinal misalignment is prolonging or even causing your symptoms… and if so, we will develop a plan for long-term relief.
Please call us to schedule a risks evaluation for yourself, friend, or family member today 781-659-7989!