Can Chiropractic Care Be Effective In Treating Asthma?

There can be no denying that asthma is becoming more and more prevalent; when I was a child in school I only knew of one or two kids who were asthmatic. Now it seems that there are many more children diagnosed with this dangerous condition. What makes it all the more alarming for school-aged children is that asthma is a chronic condition for which there is no cure; it can only be controlled.

Researchers are not sure what is causing the asthma epidemic we’re seeing nowadays, but they hypothesize that it may be a combination of genetics and the increased amount of chemicals and pollution in our environment.

Until we find out for sure what’s causing the problem, all we can do is to try to reduce the amount of attacks. One of the things that you can do to help control asthma attacks is to monitor the purity of the air that you breathe. The following tips can help reduce the severity and length of an asthma attack:

  • Consider installing high-efficiency particulate air filters (or HEPA filters, as they are more commonly known). HEPA filters can significantly improve the air quality in your home by removing allergens and particulates from the air.
  • Monosodium glutamate and sulfides should be avoided by those who suffer from asthma attacks. These common additives are used in a wide variety of foods, so be sure to read labels or ask your server about these ingredients if you’re dining in a restaurant.
  • If you’re suddenly having more frequent attacks, ask your doctor if it would be wise to check for another type of respiratory ailment which may be making your condition worse.
  • If you have activity-induced asthma, limit your activities to those approved by your primary health care provider or your Doctor of Chiropractic.
  • Consider making changes to your family’s diet. A more vegetarian type of diet may benefit you. Animal proteins can contain arachidonic acid, which can lead to inflammation. If you just can’t give up meat, consider eating more of foods like salmon, which is high in omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Take plenty of vitamin C, which can help to reduce your body’s reaction to allergens and lessen the wheezing symptoms associated with breathing difficulties.

Chiropractic Care for Asthma

Ongoing research is being conducted in several different countries on the effectiveness of chiropractic care for the treatment of asthma. Although more testing needs to be done, many researchers are convinced that chiropractic adjustments may be able to benefit those who suffer from asthma.

Chiropractic care is about treating the whole person and keeping your body in balance so that it can heal itself. Because of this unique outlook on helping the body cure itself, chiropractic treatments can be very helpful in treating and controlling asthma, as long as the treatment is used in conjunction with your primary care physician or pulmonologist. Talk to your chiropractic team to find out if chiropractic adjustments can benefit you or those you love who suffer from asthma.

 

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