Asthma is a respiratory condition that causes the airways to become irritated and constricted. The condition usually starts in childhood and is considered a chronic or long-term illness. Symptoms include couching, wheezing sounds when breathing, chest discomfot and shortness of breath. Asthma symptoms are often associated with allergies or may become apparent after exercise or exertion. During these times, the patient may experience an asthma attack, which is noted by periods of intense couching, chest pain and difficulty breathing. Asthma is a condition that should not be taken lightly, as in severe cases or severe astha attacks, it can be fatal. So lets talk about what all of this has to do with chiropractic.
Asthma Symptoms and Management
Though there are management options available, there is currently no cure for asthma. Traditionally, symptmoms are managed with prescription medications. However, research is now becoming available that shows an improvement in the symptoms and quality of life of asthma patients with chiropractic management. Chiropractic care can improve lung function by affecting the spinal nerves that feed the lungs, and also by increasing lung capacity with by improving joint motion (1,2). Massage therapy can also assist in relaxation of the nervous system and can serve as a valuable complement to chiropractic management. Many patients benefit from monthly or bi-weekly massages. If you or someone you love is suffering from asthma, ask your chiropractor if chiropractic care can help. For more information on the benefits of chiropractic, visit the home page to download your free copy of Dr. Fleming's ebook!
1. Alcantara, J., Alcantara, J., Alcantara, J. The chiropractic care of patients with asthma: a systematic review of the literature to inform clinical practice. Clinical Chiropractic (2012) 15, 23-30.
2. Gibbs, A. Chiropractic co-management of medically treated asthma. Clinical Chiropractic (2005) 8, 140-144.
Dr. Alesha Fleming
Natural Health and Wellness Chiropractic, LLC
Daytona Beach, FL
Dr. Fleming is a family chiropractor in Daytona Beach, Florida. She is passionate about preventative health care and nutrition and enjoys empowering her patients to improve their health and fitness, one day at a time!