Chiropractic Treatment for Asthma
Dr. Ryan Marshall, D.C.
What is Asthma?
Asthma is a breathing condition that affects many people of all ages. Some suffer with asthma for their entire life from childhood, while others can develop asthma later in life (adult onset asthma). Unfortunately, asthma does not have a cure, and depending on the severity of the condition, it can play a debilitating role in a person's life.
When people breathe, air is inhaled and exhaled into and out of the lungs, so that oxygen can be taken into the body and carbon dioxide can be expelled. Within the lungs, the air travels through smaller and smaller tubes until it reaches the bronchioles. The bronchioles have a lining that is only one cell thick, which allows the gas exchange between the blood and the air within the lungs.
During an asthma attack, the bronchioles can spasm, swell, fill with liquid or any combination of these effects. As such, the air does not reach the blood as well, which means the person feels like he or she cannot breath. At the mildest, an asthma attack can cause an unpleasant feeling of not being able to catch your breath. At the worst, these attacks can prove to be fatal. As such, finding a successful method of treatment for this condition is extremely important.
In many cases, when a person suffers from an asthma attack, some type of medication is used to reduce the symptoms of the attack. There are basically two types of medication prescribed for those who suffer from asthma. Inhalers are often used to provide temporary relief during an attack, and other medicines, like steroids, are used by some to prevent asthma attacks from happening. As more and more research is done into asthma and what causes the condition, further treatment options besides medication are becoming available.
One non-medicinal method of treating asthma is through chiropractic treatments. The goal of any chiropractic treatment is to find the root cause of the symptoms and then treat that cause and not the symptoms themselves. In the case of asthma, the asthma attacks are actually the symptoms and the chiropractor works to determine what is causing the asthma so that it can be corrected. By correcting this root cause, the chiropractor will be treating the patient's asthma as well.
There are many causes for asthma, so it is important that the right cause is found. In those that have adult onset asthma, it is not uncommon to find that the asthma started after some kind of injury. The injury could be anything from a car accident to a fall or an injury while playing a sport. By pinpointing this injury or trauma and making any corrections through chiropractic treatments, the asthma in the patient can be reduced or even eliminated.
Even in children or those who have had asthma since they were children, there have been studies that show that chiropractic treatments can help reduce the severity of the asthma. Based on the symptoms of asthma, there is a firm belief that the nervous system has a role in asthma attacks. As such, chiropractic treatments look for ways to reduce any pressure on the nervous system that may be affecting the lungs. One such example is a misalignment of the spine. If the spine is misaligned, this in turn can affect the nerves of the lungs. If these nerves are not functioning properly, then it is likely that the lungs won't function properly either. By realigning the spine, the pressure on the nerves will be reduced, meaning the lungs can function better.
Chiropractic treatments have been used both to prevent asthma and during asthma attacks. Some people have found that if they have a chiropractic treatment while suffering an asthma attack, the treatment stops the attack and they are able to breathe normally without having to use any medication. There are many people who suffer from asthma and have found that with regular chiropractic treatments, their symptoms are either reduced or completely eliminated.