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Experts at Co-Managing Asthma Symptoms
Asthma is a long term lung disease that closes down the airways, making it challenging for the affected person to breathe normally. Asthma can be a frustrating and stressful disorder that adults and children must cope with. Although there is no known cure, many people experience periods of relief with the help of inhalers, steroids and other types drug therapy. Still, there may be alternative treatment options available.
What Causes Asthma?
Asthma can be facilitated by a number of environmental factors including uncomfortably high temperatures, very cold temperatures, humidity levels and general allergies (grass, ragweed, pollen).
Infections such as the flu or common cold virus can also initiate asthma symptoms. Strenuous physical exertion which leads to heavy breathing commonly leads to an asthma attack, so people with asthma must be selective with the forms of exercises and types of sports they participate in.
Chiropractic Treatments May Help Reduce Symptoms
Asthma is a chronic long term disease with no known cure—only controlled. For optimal treatment outcomes, both the primary care physician and a specialist, such as an allergist or pulmonologist, should be involved. Chiropractic physicians can be of help in reducing symptoms. The doctors at Concept Chiropractic and Rehab can give a comprehensive evaluation to asthma patients. This evaluation involves assessing their physical and neurological status (including evaluation of breathing patterns), their lifestyle, diet, and stressors.
Once a specific treatment plan tailored to the asthmatic patient’s needs is formulated, the modalities of treatment will help the patient increase motor coordination, and enhance the work of respiratory and abdominal muscles to vastly improve the quality of life. Still, it’s vital to note that not all asthma patients will respond chiropractic treatment. Some may need to utilize other types of treatment in order to reduce the incidence of asthma attacks.
Research on Chiropractic and Asthma
Some people experience relief from asthma symptoms after undergoing chiropractic therapy. Chiropractic treatments work by restoring healthy nervous system functioning, which can affect the respiratory system. According to Dr. Ray Hayek who was involved with conducting trials on the effectiveness of chiropractic treatment for asthma in Australia, correcting spinal misalignments had a very positive effect on the asthma sufferers. The patient group displayed significant improvements in asthma symptoms, and also reduced their cortisol levels, which helped improve their health overall.
The patients were monitored for the long-term, and results of the study showed that many experienced far fewer asthmatic attacks. (Source: ChiroCommunity.com)