Asthma is an obstructive lung disease caused by the narrowing and the inflammation of the airways. Asthma is most commonly a result of allergy to environmental pollutants such as dusts, dander and others. Asthma brings about signs and symptoms such as difficulty of breathing, wheezing, coughing, chest tightness and production of thick sputum in the lungs. The exact mechanism of asthma involves the action of the inflammatory mediators and IgE antibodies when allergens reach the lungs. These cause the production of thick sputum as well as bronchoconstriction or the narrowing of the bronchus and bronchioles. Allergens may come in the form of dusts, feathers, dander, mites, and even extremes of weather and temperature.
The traditional management of asthma includes the use of medications such as bronchodilators and corticosteroids. However, certain patients may have developed adverse effects from these medications especially when using corticosteroids. Along with managing asthma, corticosteroids may result in immunosuppression, which may cause other secondary infections. Because of these reasons, other therapies for asthma have been explored. One of which is chiropractic care.
So, how can a Wesley Chapel chiropractor help you with something as seemingly unrelated as asthma? Chiropractic care is not really a treatment for asthma, but several patients have proved significant improvement in lung functions following chiropractic care.
The Role of Chiropractic Care in Asthma
Chiropractic care involves the management of vertebral subluxations, which improves spinal health. The respiratory system including the respiratory muscles such as the diaphragm is innervated by the nerves that branch out from the spinal cord. Presence of any subluxations or misalignments of the vertebrae may result in the impediment of nerve supply. As a result, the lungs may be affected and may cause a decreased immunity to allergens. A reduction in the immune system may cause the body to overreact to environmental factors leading to asthma. With chiropractic care, lung health is promoted through spinal health. Aside from the immune system, chiropractic care also improves the capacity of the lungs. When the lungs have optimum capacity, the patient is freed from asthma symptoms such as difficulty of breathing.
The main problem in airway obstruction is that there are problems on the vital capacity of the lungs as well as the ability of the organ to exhale carbon dioxide from the body. When these happen, patients are more predisposed to severe asthma.
A recent study involving 81 asthmatic children has showed that up to 45% had reduced attacks following chiropractic care. Another 31% also opt to reducing medical treatments. These results show that chiropractic care may be used in children for the management and prevention of asthma. These effects are a result of a healthy spine, which allows for better nerve supply to different organs in the body.
With chiropractic care, people with asthma are able to recover from the disease through anon-invasive and safe approach, which does not cause any adverse effects. In addition, chiropractic care also offers more long-term management for asthma. Certain medications just treat asthma symptoms, but are not able to prevent its recurrence. Chiropractic care is a holistic approach for both management and prevention of asthma.