If you’re one of the millions suffering from asthma or other respiratory conditions, you may think the only treatment available is medication. Inhalers and aero chambers are the common prescription for asthmatics. And while these products are essential for treating shortness of breath and asthma attacks, they’re no panacea for the condition.
Studies suggest it might be possible to do long-term good for your lungs by resetting your spine. The connection between the spinal column and a range of respiratory issues is well-documented, and these correlations are now being cross-referenced. The objective is to see if correcting subluxations (misalignments) in the vertebrae and maintaining proper spine curvature could be key to improving the chronic condition of asthmatics.
The spinal experts at Stability Health Center in Seattle, WA are always watching the developments science has to offer. We understand the correlation that exists between the lungs and spine. Our goal is to always keep your spine in proper alignment, to reduce the stress and strain on other parts of your body, lung included.
The connections between lungs and spine
You may be surprised to learn that a range of respiratory system problems are often rooted in the spine. The nervous system is the center of control for breathing and airway constriction/dilation. Nervous system dysfunction is a very common complaint for asthma sufferers, which itself may be rooted in the thoracic spine (mid-back). It can result in symptoms or conditions such as:
- Shortness of breath.
Other parallels exist to connect lungs and spine as well. For example, a subluxation in vertebrae T1 can cause nerve compression. This results in the inability of nerve signals to travel from the brain throughout the body, including to the respiratory system. Subluxations in another thoracic spine vertebrae, T3, may be responsible for bronchitis, a severe respiratory problem. Nerve disruption and breathing issues consequently go hand in hand.
Looking beyond the lungs for relief
Inhalers can only do so much for an asthmatic, namely dilating the lungs to improve oxygenation during an asthma attack. Preventing these attacks often falls on the sufferer. Generally, this means shying away from intense exercise or heart rate elevating activities.
These are all solutions focused on the lungs, however. When the focus shifts to the spine and compressed nerves that may be affecting the lungs, chiropractic could hold answers.
By correcting subluxations through spinal adjustments, a chiropractor can restore damaged nerves, thereby allowing adequate supply of air to travel to the lungs and airways. Through regular chiropractic appointments, a patient may be able to ensure their spine stays in great shape, allowing the central nervous system to function unimpeded. Better nerve signals and blood flow to the lungs could mean avoiding asthma attacks altogether.
The future of asthma treatment?
It’s easy to simply take prescription or over-the-counter medications to manage asthma and chronic lung conditions. However, they only address what may be a symptom of a bigger problem. They help the lungs, but do nothing for the spine.
For a long-term, natural solution, chiropractic may soon be a recommended option. Studies have shown that chiropractic has resulted in a lessening of symptoms for up to 90% of asthma patients, with many reporting a reduction in medication consumption.
Stability Health Center is ready to help Seattle, WA patients breathe a little easier. Contact us today to learn more about our Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) approach could help you better manage your asthma. We offer free consultations!
Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.