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How the Nervous System Affects Asthma

sport-girlA properly functioning nervous system should be the first priority in solving asthma since it is the nervous system which controls all of our bodily functions. The nervous system works by sending and receiving messages or impulses to all parts of the body.

Breathing is controlled by centers in the brain, the main one being the respiratory center which is found in the medulla oblongata. From here, the nerve impulses are sent to the respiratory muscles, causing them to expand or contract. Nerve impulses also control the tone of the bronchial tubes. The sympathetic system opens or dilates the bronchial tubes, and the parasympathetic system closes or constricts them.

The nervous system is protected by the spine, consisting of 24 moveable vertebrae. When the spine is in its proper position, it protects the nerve pathways. But when vertebrae become misaligned, interference to the nerve impulses occurs — which reduces the overall functioning of the nervous system and of the particular organ to which it is assigned. These spinal misalignments are known as “vertebral subluxations“. According to Neville T. Usher, M.D., “Physiopathic changes in spinal structures actually produce an inhibition of nerve impulses. Subjective and clinical findings associated with this syndrome include severe asthma attacks and bronchial asthma.” Francis Adams, M.D. also stated that “Research has shown that an imbalance may exist in the nervous system that supplies the bronchial tubes of an asthmatic individual.”

So if you suffer from asthma, make sure your nervous system is functioning properly.

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