Chiropractic Care For the Treatment of Chronic Bronchitis
Living with a breathing problem may limit what you can do on a daily basis. Whether you want to go on a hike or go for a run, having strong lungs is important to your health and your daily lifestyle.
If you find yourself having breathing problems, while being active or even just doing your normal daily activities, there may be an underlying problem.
Read more about chronic bronchitis, possible symptoms and treatment options.
What is bronchitis?
While there are two types of bronchitis (Acute & Chronic), we will be focusing on chronic in this article. Bronchitis is the inflammation and irritation of the tubes (bronchial) that bring oxygen to the lungs. This irritation or inflammation is what causes you to cough often.
What are the common symptoms?
It is important to keep track of the symptoms that you have been experiencing and the activities that you were engaging in when you notice a heightened urgency to cough.
The most common symptom of chronic bronchitis is:
- Persistent coughing- Those that suffer from chronic bronchitis have a cough almost every day and this can last up to a year.
If you notice that your coughs are getting worse (in pain and difficulty breathing) and there is a high fever, chills or chest pain associated with the cough, you may have pneumonia. It is vital that you see your doctor immediately.
What causes chronic bronchitis?
Also referred to as “smoker’s cough”, chronic bronchitis is caused the intake of smoke on a consistent basis. This type of cough is not caused by a virus or cold, and normally creates a yellow mucus to be coughed up. Because chronic bronchitis may last up to a year, it causes long-term damage. The most common problems that arise from chronic bronchitis include:
- Irritation cough
- Lungs become scarred
- Air flow is restricted (because of inflammation and irritation)
- Lining of the airway is thickened
Your doctor will do several evaluations on you, to ensure that you do not have any other serious health problems such as pneumonia, whopping cough or other possible lung problems. Types of evaluations may include: x-rays, asking questions about your current symptoms and any other current health problems. It is important to not smoke or to stop smoking if you are suffering from chronic bronchitis, as this will hinder your ability to recover.
The main treatment for chronic treatment is the halt of cigarette smoking and any other type of environment that may be making your ability to breathe harder (such as workplaces heavy in dusts and fumes). While chronic bronchitis is treatable at home and may go away on its own (with the halt of cigarette smoking and harsh environments), chiropractic treatment may help to boost your immune system and allow you to be less susceptible to various viruses and bacteria that may worsen your bronchitis.
Chiropractic care treatment may be used as a preventative measure that helps to boost your immune system, and allow you to improve your breathing and your respiratory functions.