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Spinal Alignment Shown to Promote Healthy Respiratory Function


Between 2001 and 2010, the prevalence of asthma increased from 7.4% to 8.3% of the total population, with 25.7 million people afflicted with the unfortunate respiratory condition in 2010 alone.

Constriction of the trachea, and other parts of the upper respiratory system, does not allow proper amounts of air into the lungs and thus the individual has trouble getting adequate oxygen into the blood.

So many individuals with asthma are sick and tired of their inhalers, and their other medication. Who really wants to stop in the middle of their soccer game to sit on the sideline and take some pulls of albuterol? It is quite inhibitory to reach a certain respiratory threshold before the individual has to stop, medicate, and recuperate.

Asthma is yet another condition that chiropractic professionals are starting to incorporate into their treatment patterns. Asthma patients are sick of their inhalers, and want something less invasive and more holistic. Enter spinal adjustments and other forms of chiropractic treatment.

Chiropractic care focuses on properly aligning the body to maximize energy transfer, and the proper processing of signals throughout the central, peripheral, and autonomic nervous systems. By properly aligning the spine, the chiropractor is able to form the most efficient nerve channels for the transfer of signals. Improper spinal alignment can also impinge upon the functioning of the lungs with inflation and deflation potentially being impacted. An improperly aligned spine can restrict the diaphragm, which is a large abdominal muscle and is another crucial element of circulating airflow, is a true contributor in asthmatic malfunctioning.

Oddly enough, there is a definite link between a low functioning immune system and asthmatic incidents. Spinal alignment plays a role in the functioning of the autonomic nervous system, which maintains control over many of the body’s organ systems and fluid systems. The endocrine system, which contains many necessary biological mechanisms of immune defense, falls into this category and a misaligned spine will reduce the ability for the body to fight infection. In some cases, foreign particulate matter can being on an asthma attack and a properly functioning autonomic nervous system provides an adequate line of defense.

It seems that every day there is a new development in chiropractic care that aligns it with a new treatment pattern for a given illness. In the case of asthma, the science is young but the outlook is quite positive given how quickly we have seen beneficial outcomes of chiropractic care in asthma treatment. 

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