According to the Centers for Disease Control, 1 in 13 people in the United States deals with asthma. It is the leading chronic disease in children – many kids miss school because of the condition. Who doesn't know someone who has it or is dealing with it themselves? Unfortunately, for many of us who aren't experiencing asthma, we instead suffer from allergies. Then when spring comes around, we can't help but dread the months of runny noses, itchy eyes, sneezing, and an increase in allergies or asthma symptoms.
You may be familiar with the fact that chiropractic adjustments can improve many conditions, but what you may not be aware of is that chiropractic treatment can have a positive impact on allergies and asthma too. If you've been dealing with seasonal allergies or you're looking for a way to get your asthma under control, chiropractic care at Advanced Health Chiropractic could be the treatment for you.
What Can Cause Allergies & Asthma?
World Health Organization (WHO) defines asthma as "a chronic disease characterized by recurrent episodes of breathlessness and wheezing." The severity and the frequency of attacks depend on the person. Some can experience attacks at any time, while others experience asthma attacks caused by particular situations or events like exercise.
Bronchial tubes are the passageways that air flows through into and out of the lungs. During an asthma attack, the lining of the tubes is irritated and swell. This reaction causes them to narrow, which reduces airflow in and out of the lungs. Hence, the wheezing and breathlessness commonly associated with asthma.
When it comes to allergies, your immune systems' responsibility is to recognize and remove harmful substances from your body. The immune system uses various methods to rid the body of any dangerous material, including inflammation, sneezing, coughing, and vomiting. An allergic response arises when your immune system is activated to fight. The invasive material itself does not cause an allergic reaction. The reaction comes from the way your body interprets it – usually as something potentially harmful.
How Can Chiropractors Help Allergies & Asthma?
Chiropractic care helps ease tension within the nervous system, which allows the immune system to work more efficiently. The immune and respiratory systems depend on functioning communication between the brain and the spinal cord to control and coordinate functions. If the communication system is interrupted by a misalignment, the immune system may become compromised.
Correct spinal alignment and a full range of spinal joint motion help support nervous system functions. The nervous system is your control center. When the spine is not working correctly, it can negatively affect your body's ability to handle irritants that wouldn't usually be an issue. Chiropractors don't necessarily treat asthma and allergies, but they instead look at the functioning of the entire body, and how well the spine is or isn't moving. Chiropractics can treat many ailments, and if you are interested in experiencing the benefits of chiropractic care for you or your child, call Advanced Health Chiropractic to schedule a consultation at (925) 373-6363 today!