In recent years, research has shown that around 8% of the U.S. population (~25 million) are affected by asthma. Even with inhalers and other medications, people suffering from this condition continue searching for ways to stop the symptoms.
Asthma is a chronic condition, best known for its reoccurring instances of wheezing and shortness of breath. Whether due to allergens, certain events, or exercise, the severity and frequency of asthma attacks depends on the patient. This means asthma attacks can be (un)predictable. For some patients, daily activities and routines can feel rather limited, especially depending on the circumstances.
When a patient experiences an asthma attack, they suffer from irritation and swelling in the lungs; more specifically, the bronchial tubes. These channel air into and out of the lungs, bringing in oxygen and expelling carbon dioxide. Working properly, patients perform daily routines without complications. Once an attack begins, however, the bronchial tubes swell and reduce airflow into the body, resulting in shortness of breath, wheezing, discomfort, and other symptoms. In addition, these attacks cause patients to experience fatigue, difficulty sleeping, and decreased activity levels that affect their daily routines.
Chiropractic care greatly alleviates the symptoms and residual effects of asthma. In a vast majority of cases, chiropractic care eliminates asthma completely. Chiropractors examine the entire body, finding the underlying cause behind the attacks. They examine x-rays for further indication of where there may be misalignment in the spine. Spinal alignment aids the nervous system to work properly, to communicate with the rest of the body. If the spine is misaligned, especially in sections that affect the lungs, then the body will react to substances it would normally ignore. This can result in asthma attacks, due to improper communication between the nervous system, the bronchial tubes, and the lungs.
At Diamond Chiropractic, Dr. Nilles would focus on Zone 2, the body’s elimination system. More specifically, he would focus on the upper and middle regions of the spine. Any misalignment in these regions can cause inflammation and irritation in the lungs, as well as other symptoms associated with asthma. By restoring proper nerve function, and relieving pressure on the ribs and spine, patients can breathe better, even relying less on their inhalers and other medications.