Can Chiropractic Care Help Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is considered to be a chronic condition that has been characterized by one, or several, pauses in breathing, or very shallow breathing patterns while a person sleeps. If you have ever slept with or listened to a person who suffers from sleep apnea breathe while sleeping, you will notice that it sounds as though they are holding their breath frequently and then having to gasp for air. This can be a scary experience and one that is becoming more and more common in the country.  

There are three basic types of sleep apnea, mixed, central and obstructive. The obstructive option is the most common and due to extra throat tissue or tonsils blocking the airway. People who have suffered from some type of head trauma or obesity are much more likely to experience issues of sleep apnea.  

A number of people who suffer from sleep apnea do not even know that they have the problem until someone tells them. They likely will feel tired and not rested during the day, but they may attribute these feelings to being in poor shape or excessive stress. Some of the other symptoms of sleep apnea include: 

  • Restless sleep or insomnia. 

  • Reduced libido and forgetfulness. 

  • Headaches in the morning. 

  • Low energy or sleepiness during the day. 

  • Waking up because of choking or gasping. 

  • Loud times of snoring when you are asleep. 

  • A sore or dry throat when waking up.  

There are a number of different treatment options offered for sleep apnea; however, one that is gaining more popularity is chiropractic care. When you visit a chiropractor for this issue, they will start by interviewing you about the symptoms you are experiencing and your overall lifestyle. If they think that you are, indeed, suffering from sleep apnea, then they will typically utilize soft tissue massage and a spinal adjustment to help and relax your muscles and to promote proper breathing.  

Chiropractors may also give you a number of special breathing exercises that will work to bring more oxygen into your body, and to help and retrain your respiration habits. They also will recommend changes in the person’s diet and their lifestyle, which will help to reduce your issues with sleep apnea.  

The fact is that if it is that if this condition is left untreated, it can become much worse and cause a number of other serious issues. If you suspect that you are suffering from sleep apnea, visiting a chiropractor can be extremely beneficial. 

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