Treatment for Asthma in Children and Adults
Spinal health is essential for the correct functioning of the entire body; when the spine is misaligned due to an injury or long-term postural issues, any number of conditions may result. For some, the nervous system distress triggered by spinal misalignment manifests itself as asthma. A shocking number of Americans are living with asthma; as of 2009, the Centers for Disease Control report the following asthma statistics:
- 7.1 million children are currently suffering from asthma.
- The number of children with the disorder represents 9.6% of all American children.*
- 17.5 million adults in the U.S. are asthmatic.**
- Chiropractic care for asthma can reduce symptoms without the use of medications.
This is a healthy alternative and an effective method of avoiding drugs and the various side effects of such drugs (a concern particularly significant for the parents of asthmatic children).
Medical Care and Asthma
Medicines used to treat asthma work by preventing the constriction of breathing pathways. The most commonly prescribed drugs include inhaled corticosteroids or leukotriene modifiers. Corticosteroids have a number of inherent risks, particularly when they are prescribed to children. Some of these dangers include decreased bone density; bruising; poor growth; suppression of the adrenal gland; thrush; and hoarseness.
When patients require medications on a daily basis, side effects can begin to affect nearly every aspect of life. For children, there is the additional fear that medications are negatively impacting healthy growth and development.
What’s even worse is that there are stricter and lower dosage limitations for children. This may mean that worsening symptoms may become untreatable or might require excessive dosing.
It seems rational, then, to find ways to deal with asthma outside the sphere of traditional medical care. While all decisions regarding medication should be made between patients and their medical doctors, it’s only natural and sensible to seek effective methods that don’t require drugs.
Chiropractic Treatment for Asthma
Abnormal communication between the brain and lungs signify that something is wrong with the autonomous nervous system—the part of the nervous system responsible for involuntary behaviors such as breathing. Misalignments in spine can cause serious disruption within the nervous system as a whole, leading not only to the symptoms associated with asthma, but pain and disorder throughout the body. For asthmatic patients, this disorder is manifested as the symptoms of their condition.
When the interference caused by a misalignment is corrected through chiropractic adjustment, breathing improves and asthma symptoms decrease.
*Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Children: National Health Interview Survey, 2009, table 1
**Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Adults: National Health Interview Survey, 2009, tables 3, 4