Almost 235 million people in the world are affected by asthma today. It is a shocking revelation with the prevalence rising fast. According to a study, the number of Asthma patients has gone up by 60% since the 1980s. Even in a developed country like the United States, number of deaths due to asthma has almost doubled every year. The Journal of the American chiropractic Association (JACA) has tried to find out the reason behind this asthma epidemic and has churned out a series of articles which show that chiropractic care can effectively control asthma.
Asthma is no doubt a mega medical problem, not just for the adults but for the children as well. Asthma is actually a chronic lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways. The most common symptom of asthma is shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing or tightness of the chest. And, when your child goes under an asthmatic attack, it is as scary for the child as it is for the parents. Asthma can develop in a human both due to hereditary reasons and due to the effects of the environment.
Asthma Can Not Be Cured
Yes you read that right. Being a chronic condition, it cannot be cured but only controlled. Good news is that via proper treatment, it is possible to live a life without inhalers. First, it is important to find out whether your asthma attacks are due to some particular kinds of allergens. Once those elements are singled out, it will be easier to avoid them and control your asthma.
How Does A Chiropractor Help?
The answer to this question is somewhat technical. With each breath, the ribcage and the spine need to articulate. Due to various reasons these joints at times do not function properly which makes breathing very difficult. In extreme cases, the respiratory muscles cannot function properly which enhances the problem affecting the overall performance of the lungs. Getting theses stiff joints free by using chiropractic care will help you in inhaling and exhaling air much easily.
Like every other body part, the lungs are also driven by nervous signals. If there is any spinal misalignment or spinal Subluxation where undue pressure is generated on a nerve, lungs may not work properly resulting in asthmatic reactions. Chiropractic spinal alignment is very beneficial in such cases.
A study done with 81 children by the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation revealed in a two-month study that those who took chiropractic care reported a 45% decrease in the attacks and 31% actually were able to decrease the doses of their medications. The cause of this was due to the improvement and alignment of the nervous system.
Chiropractic care offers a natural and safe solution to those suffering from chronic asthma. It is not in competition with the regular medications taken. Any improvement resulted from chiropractic care will not only benefit the breathing but other aspects of the person’s overall well being as well. If research and studies are to be believed, it might be the best solution for the rising asthma problems throughout the world.