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May 01, 2013

Asthma is a chronic lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways.
Someone you know is most likely suffering with this condition: Could be your child, a parent, someone close to you, or even yourself. Just a few years ago, a report on the status of Asthma in the United States conducted by the Pew Environmental Commission estimated that asthma cases will double by the year 2020. This means that 1 out of every 14 people will suffer with this condition; 1 out of 14? That is HUGE! We are absolutely NOT ok with that! This means that one out of every 14 people will have difficulty breathing. Asthma accounts for 2 million hospital visits and 5,000 deaths per year in the United States alone! And it is estimated that in the next 25 years, 50% of all children will have difficulty catching their breath.

Typically, medical treatments involve inhalers, nebulizers, steroids, and other medications. Even with insurance, none of these options are cheap! The cost is also one that accrues over time due to the fact that these medical treatments only treat the symptoms and do not cure asthma. For some people, these expensive treatments must be used over the course of a lifetime.

How Chiropractic Can Help
A chiropractor can help determine if subluxation, which is a misalignment of the bones in the spine which irritates nerves, is a cause of asthma. The lungs and diaphragm are responsible for breathing and their ability to function correctly is controlled by the nervous system. If there is irritation or interference of the nervous system, the lungs simply can’t function optimally.

Chiropractic adjustments can alleviate any pressure or stress that the nervous system is under in most cases. Once this is relieved, the lungs are fully capable of doing their job and incidents of asthma can be reduced.

Chiropractic care frequently includes nutritional counseling, a critical component for people with allergies and asthma. Such individuals need as much physical optimization as possible, and nutritional awareness is key. A balanced food plan will help support all metabolic systems, reduce irritation caused by deficiencies, and provide fuel for exercise programs.

The benefits of chiropractic care are wide-ranging, and may be very useful in cases of hypersensitivity disorders such as allergies and asthma.

Do you or a loved one suffer from asthma? If so, come and see how chiropractic will help you have a happier, healthier life!

Common Asthma Triggers:
• Subluxation
• Ragweed
• Cut grass
• Humidity
• Hay fever
• High temperature
• Very cold temps
• Common cold/Flu
• Exercise

• One study of children 6 to 17 with asthma who had a three month course of chiropractic care in conjunction with medical care rated their quality of life as higher and also experienced less severe episodes of asthma attacks.

• The costs for medications, hospital and emergency room admissions for asthma and allergy related illnesses, and loss of business productivity are huge. Approximately $18 billion annually!

• 14 million school days are missed annually due to allergies and asthma. These disorders are the number one reason for school absenteeism!