Chiropractic Treatments Shown To Aid Respiratory Illness



Chiropractic care is centered on the nervous system and the fact that it flows through, and therefore can affect the entire body. When important nerves that connect organs to precious blood and nutrients are blocked due to nerve pressure, certain functions in the body may become hindered. These blockages are often caused by subluxations, which are misaligned vertebrae in the spinal column. Chiropractic doctors correct these subluxations, and allow blood flow to resume.

Chronic respiratory issues such as asthma or COPD are caused by dysfunction within the lungs and can cause symptoms including shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing and sore throat. Many adults and children suffer these severe respiratory problems and often rely on expensive inhalers, steroids or nebulizers. Chiropractic treatments just so happen to aid those with chronic respiratory problems in a safe, natural and non-invasive way.

Spinal manipulation treatments with the goal of increasing motion in the thoracic cage in order to mobilize the ribs and protect the lungs has been shown to benefit sufferers of asthma. In addition to promoting functionality of the lungs, any subluxations found in the spine will be corrected in order to relieve pressure on nerves leading to the sinuses and nasal passages. These spinal adjustments can help aid recovery and reduce symptoms of respiratory illness by boosting the immune system and allowing fluid within the affected areas to drain properly.

A recent clinical study performed on a young child showed positive results in the efficacy of chiropractic adjustments in asthma. The child in the study, who was five years old at the time, had been suffering from severe respiratory illness since she was a toddler. A chiropractic doctor who found three subluxations in the spine and immediately corrected them examined the child. The child was seen three more times by the chiropractic doctor and afterwards appeared to have regained normal breathing. While chiropractic may not cure asthma in all patients, it is a great way to treat symptoms and promote recovery.

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