Asthma is a chronic allergic condition that can be caused by genetic and environmental factors. The airways of an asthmatic person can become easily inflamed and narrowed, causing difficulty in breathing.
In recent research, it has been shown that the number of asthmatic patients has increased over the past few years. Now, more than 100 million people are suffering from this dangerous and chronic disease.
Unfortunately, there is no absolute cure for asthma. While several treatment options are available for those suffering, medications and breathing treatments can only be so effective. However, chiropractors have found positive results in treating asthmatics and the patients claimed that they have been relieved of symptoms and have seen improvement in overall health after receiving chiropractic adjustments.
Chiropractic Treatment for Asthma
Chiropractic care can help individuals deal with asthma symptoms as well as find relief from them long-term. Chiropractors know that the nervous system is directly connected to the function of the lungs, as well as the spine and spinal cord, and they know how to adjust the spine to drive positive reactions that help treat asthma. Here are just a few of the benefits that have been experienced by individuals with asthma who receive chiropractic care.
Regulation of Stress Hormones
Asthma can weaken the hormonal glands of the body. The hormones are not produced in an appropriate quantity, and therefore the other systems of the body are disturbed. Chiropractors will adjust the spine in such a way that functionality of the adrenal gland is improved because it is so closely related to the spine and spinal cord. This will help in the regulation of stress hormones in such a way that the production of other hormones will be normalized and patients will feel better.
Strengthening of Immune System
Misalignments can occur in the spine due to continuous coughing and sneezing from asthma. This weakens the immune system, leading to more sickness and more misalignments. In the case of a person with asthma, a chiropractor will adjust the vertebrae to make them align properly and restore function to the body. Strong signals to the immune system will be sent and so the symptoms of asthma will be removed from the body.
Lifestyle and Dietary Changes
A chiropractors may advise you to introduce some changes to your lifestyle. Environmental factors that cause asthma attacks should be eliminated or avoided, and moderate exercise should be introduced to strengthen the lungs and muscles surrounding the spine. A chiropractor will also advise you to maintain proper spinal posture to avoid introducing more misalignments. This will keep your immune and respiratory systems stronger, which will lead to fewer asthma attacks and asthma symptoms.
Strengthening of the Respiratory System
Just like other systems of the body, the respiratory system is also dependent on signals from the brain and spinal cord. When respiratory function is less than ideal, it is often because of a miscommunication or interruption of the signal sent by the brain to the respiratory system. Chiropractors will adjust the vertebrae in order to improve respiratory function, reducing or eliminating asthma problems.
With the help of chiropractic treatment for asthma, you will notice that your body will grow stronger. Your body will function more optimally, you will be healthier, and your overall quality of life will be significantly improved.
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