Shortness of breath, wheezing, and coughing? Do you or a loved one live with these struggles? Are you familiar with this? You may be feeling the effects of asthma.
Asthma is a chronic lung disease that causes inflammation and narrowing of the airways. It can occur at any age but is more common in children. The condition causes recurring periods of symptoms that include shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing, and tightness in the chest. But what causes asthma and how can this condition be improved? Let’s dive into that.
What causes Asthma?
Chronic asthma can feel overwhelming and frustrating, particularly for children. A wide range of conditions may trigger asthma, including genetics, environmental factors, or a combination of the two.
Factors that may put you at increased risk for asthma include:
- Environmental exposures
- Frequent viral infections
- Family history of asthma
- Respiratory infections – Allergies, cold, and bronchitis.
- Additives in some foods
- Stress and strong emotions
- Physical activity
- Certain medications
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Exposure to secondhand smoke
Asthma can be a sign that something in the body is amiss. You may be wondering what can be done to help you or your child who is suffering from asthma. It may surprise you to find out that chiropractic care can alleviate symptoms of asthma, as well as improve overall health and well-being.
How Chiropractic Care Works For Asthma
When many of you think about chiropractic care, you think of seeking a way to alleviate back or neck pain. While this is true, the goal of chiropractic care is actually to improve and maintain overall health and well-being.
Regular chiropractic care can be very effective in treating asthma. Spinal misalignment or subluxation can cause changes in the function of the respiratory system that may lead to asthma. These include airway narrowing, which prevents sufficient airflow into the lungs, as well as inflammation.
Misalignments in the spine can cause dysfunction in the central nervous system. When these are present, nerve communication is impacted which decreases the efficiency of the immune system and bodily processes, like breathing, can break down.
Gentle chiropractic adjustments remove these misalignments, restore nerve communication, and improve functions of your body, including the lungs, which is hugely significant for those with asthma.
Benefits of Chiropractic care for asthma
If you suffer from asthma, you will enjoy these main benefits of chiropractic care:
- Reduces the frequency of attacks
Misalignments in the spine can increase the number of attacks. It is important that energy effectively flows through the nerve endings. A non-aligned spine can disrupt energy flow through the nerve endings and trigger a host of health issues. Chiropractic care can help the spine to be aligned, which will improve the function of the lungs and possibly lead to fewer asthma attacks.
- Improved airflow
The lungs are vital for breathing, also, the diaphragm and airway play an important part. They cannot function properly if the spine is not aligned properly. Regular chiropractic adjustments help to align the spine and allow your diaphragm and airway to move as they should and create better airflow.
- Boost the immune system
Your nervous system is linked to the body’s immune system. When the spine is not aligned, it can create stress on your body which leads to a weakened immune system and may increase the risk of asthma attacks. By aligning the spine, chiropractic care helps to improve the functioning of your immune system and makes asthma attacks less likely.
At Blossom Family Chiropractic, we aim to return your body to optimal functioning, including your ability to breathe easily.
As one of St. Petersburg’s leading chiropractors, we’re always striving to provide you and your kids with the best care and experience. If you are in the Tampa or St. Pete area and are looking for a family chiropractor, contact us to schedule an appointment to see how we can help your kiddos!