Asthma cases have increased by more than 60 percent in the United States since the early 1980s. Additionally, asthma-related deaths have doubled to 5,000 a year.
What is causing this situation and what can be done to stop it from progressing even further?
Several research articles indicate that chiropractic care can be quite useful for the management of asthma.
Adjustments improve respiratory function by restoring normal nerve function to the muscles, which in turn can result in symptomatic improvement in bronchitis, asthma and allergies.
Another way that the relationship between body systems can be affected is by improving spine and chest cavity biomechanics.
Also, many chiropractors believe their role in caring for patients with asthma, especially those who have severe attacks, as a complement to the medical management of the illness. They perform typical spinal adjustments to make asthma sufferers more comfortable by helping relieve the muscle soreness and discomfort that can develop during asthmatic flare-ups.
From the American Chiropractors Association: “Doctors of chiropractic can give a full-scale evaluation to asthma patients; assess their physical and neurological status, their lifestyle, diet, and stressors; and help the patients increase motor coordination, and improve the work of respiratory and gut muscles to increase the quality of life,” says Dr. Gail Henry, a chiropractic neurologist, who practices in Houston, Texas. “Doctors of chiropractic can be a great addition to the healthcare team treating the asthma patient.”
If you’d like to explore how chiropractic care may help you or someone you love to better manage asthma symptoms, call our office to set up an appointment.
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