One can easily find out the severity of Asthma from just a few figures – the reported number of asthma cases has increased by almost 60% since 1980 till date. Almost 5,000 deaths are reported each year due to asthma. The Center for Disease Control and Preventation estimates roughly 20 million people are affected by asthma in the US alone.
When decreased air quality is coupled with allergy-friendly modern house environment, this atmosphere can easily trigger the asthma attack. Apart from allergens, stress is also considered a factor behind the occurrence of asthma. As stress is aplenty in the modern world, it is not uncommon to witness asthma induced or aggravated by stress. Emotional factors like anger, laughing, crying, fear or frustration can also trigger an asthma attack.
Can Chiropractors Help Asthma Patients?
The question is, why go to a chiropractor to treat asthma in the first place? Well, the answer is rather simple. The typical treatment for asthma is medications such as steroids, inhalers and nebulizers. The costs can be overwhelming and after the entire trauma there is still no cure because asthma is a chronic disease, means it can only be controlled not cured. For most of the people the treatment can go on for lifetime. But over time alternate treatments have been used for relaxation like yoga, medication, massage, acupuncture and chiropractic care.
The connection between the respiratory system, spine and nervous system affects us in several ways. The vertebral subluxations in the neck result in the associated spasm to the musculature within the neck. The muscles in the neck tighten thus slowing the normal flow of the lymphatic system which helps in keeping the immune system to function normally. Chiropractic adjustments have shown in producing immediate relaxation to the neck muscles allowing normal lymphatic movement and restoring the immune system to its full potential. These adjustments not only improve the respiratory function but also show significant improvement in cases of asthma, allergies and bronchitis.
The misalignment of the spine or spinal subluxation can cause many health related problems because the vertebrae pinches the important nerves and restricts their effectiveness. According to a study conducted in over 16 treatment centers across Australia that involved 420 patients under the average age of 46, the group that underwent spinal manipulation showed significant improvement in their asthmatic symptoms. Apart from resolving issues of back pain and leg pain, the manipulation was able to provide great relief to asthma patients. Medical tests found out the improvement to be long-term which means that chiropractic care in the form of neck or spinal manipulation can provide proven relief from the horror that is asthma.
These studies suggest the effects of spinal manipulation are far more effective than commonly believed and are long-term as well. An experienced Tampa Chiropractor can help with asthma related issues and also guide a person towards healthy living. According to some patients, the chiropractic sessions were able to reduce and in many cases completely eradicate recurrence of asthma. So the choice is yours. Visit a licensed chiropractor and breathe freely again.