While asthma is a common condition, it is anything but simple or normal. With asthma, symptoms vary based on the child and situation. The medical community defines asthma as a “chronic inflammatory disease” that causes shortness of breath, tightness of chest, wheezing and coughing.
Unfortunately, asthma follows no set pattern as symptoms differ from person to person, can vary from mild to severe, may flare up from time to time and then disappear for long periods of time. Because asthma is chronic, it needs to be monitored and managed over one’s lifetime. While anyone can get asthma, it’s usually first diagnosed in children.
Causes and Triggers
The cause of asthma is currently unknown with no cure. What is known is that certain triggers induce asthma attacks. Personal triggers can be very different amongst people with asthma. With every asthma case, it is crucial to avoid triggers in order to minimize airway inflammation and keep symptoms at bay.
With asthma being a “variable” disease, doctors administer medicine and prescription doses at differing levels customized to child’s severity. In the realm of conventional medicine, most children with asthma take two types of medicine to treat each aspect of the condition.
Firstly, controllers or “preventers” are medications taken every day to reduce airway inflammation. The second medication, relievers, is used to treat symptoms immediately. However, reliever medications are a short-term solution to breathing problems as they fail to address the inflammation’s root cause.
How Chiropractic Can Help Asthma
“Dr. Laura uses very gentle techniques that Cameron finds fun and silly and her child care also addresses nutrition. Cameron has been with her for about 2 1/2months and is already off all of his asthma meds, sleeps through the night consistently and I haven’t had to take him to the Emergency Room once since we started with her.”
Lynsday B., Evolve Patient, on how chiropractic care helped in alleviating her son’s asthma.
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Chiropractic is not a treatment for asthma. However, many who suffer from asthma report improvement after receiving chiropractic care.
There is research that suggests a link between the nervous system and the respiratory system. This may be why many have mentioned improved breathing by consulting our practice.
The incidence of children suffering from asthma seems to be rising, which is believed to be due to a combination of factors, especially the increase of chemicals in our environment. If these factors were the only issue, why wouldn’t all children living in the same house and breathing the same air, suffer equally? Your diaphragm is the primary muscle used for breathing. Nerves that control each breath leave your brain and exit the spinal cord in the mid-neck (C3, C4 and C5) area. Spinal problems in this area can have a profound effect on the nerve supply to the diaphragm.
Reducing misalignments/subluxations in the spine may help restore proper nervous system control of the lungs and improved function can begin, possibly reducing the frequency and severity of asthma attacks.
While large scale research results are lacking, there are many case studies showing improvement, sometimes dramatic, among asthmatic children with spinal misalignments.
Asthma Society of Canada. Retrieved from: http://www.asthma.ca/adults/about/