Chiropractic Care for Asthma Relief
During an asthma attack, a person’s airways respond to offending stimuli by tightening, constricting and secreting excess mucus. This causes extreme shortness of breath. Getting immediate medical relief to re-open and relax the airways is essential, otherwise an attack could turn deadly. While inhalers and breathing treatments do this very well, they do not solve the underlying reasons a person’s lungs are so sensitive. Chiropractic care, however, can resolve miscommunications between the nervous system and the lungs, reducing the frequency and severity of asthma attacks.
Our chiropractor in Irvine usually discovers that people suffering upper back pain also complain of shortness of breath and co-occurring asthma symptoms. Upon further examination, Dr. Lee usually discovers the patient has had either:
- A poor posture-related subluxation (misalignment) of cervical (neck) vertebra (C7), or upper back vertebrae T1, T2 and/or T3; Nerves exiting the spinal column from this area directly impact the respiratory system.
- A traumatic injury to this same area of the neck and/or upper back.
Chiropractor Dr. Lee can gently and precisely correct these and other subluxations to provide both upper back pain and asthma relief at its root by releasing pinched nerves responsible for controlling lung function.
In addition to chiropractic treatment, Dr. Lee also recommends avoiding any known triggers to your attacks, which might include:
- Environmental allergens and pollutants (pollen, dust, pet dander, smog etc.)
- Cigarette smoke (first and second-hand)
- Sudden temperature changes
- Overexertion during exercise
- Any known food sensitivities or allergens
In addition to chiropractic care and avoiding irritants, our chiropractor may also suggest nutritional strategies that can balance your immune system and strengthen your respiratory function naturally. In general, he recommends pursuing a whole, organic diet rich in vegetables, fruits and healthy sources of protein and complex carbohydrates while avoiding overly-processed products.